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2009

New York Times: "Searching for Answers" (November 5, 2009) "Among the hundreds of current research projects in the Bay Area, some may solve problems crucial to local industries, like clean tech and bio-tech. Others focus on possible disaster, like the collapse of the Sacramento Delta levees in an earthquake." Read more...

 

SPECIAL: NEWS ON GULF OF MEXICO OIL SPILL

The RESIN team is not involved with assessments or cleanup efforts related to the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. However, we want to acknowledge our project leader, Professor Bob Bea, whose expertise has been sought by media all over the world as they report on the disaster.

 

San Francisco Chronicle: "Engineer Robert Bea a Student of Disaster" (June 6, 2010) "A former Shell Oil executive, Bea, 73, is a student of disaster. He has spent decades investigating catastrophic engineering failures, from the New Orleans levee breaches in Hurricane Katrina to the space shuttle Columbia's fiery end... Now he has assembled a team of researchers to delve into the April 20 explosions that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history... Bea's study group already has interviewed eight people who were on the rig and has shared its findings with members of Congress. Read the full article...

NBC Nightly News (May 22) Watch the video of NBC interviewing Professor Bob Bea.

"Testimony of Professor Robert Bea: Failures of the Deepwater Horizon Semi-Submersible Drilling Unit" (draft May 20, 2010) "Based on currently available information (provided by approximately 50 informants) and analyses of that information (400 hours) has provided the following preliminary insights into the failures of the Deepwater Horizon Drilling Unit on and after April 20, 2010." Read the full summary...

60 Minutes: "Deepwater Horizon's Blowout, Part 2" (May 16, 2010) Scott Pelley investigates the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion that killed 11, causing the ongoing oil leak in the waters off of Louisiana. Includes and interview with Professor Bea. See the video...

New York Times: "Officials Ask BP to Assure It Will Cover Spill Claims" (May 15, 2010) "As BP’s experimental efforts to reduce the flow of oil spewing from disabled well in the Gulf of Mexico met another obstacle, the Obama administration sought assurances from BP that it would not attempt to limit its liability to the $75 million prescribed by law." Read the article...

The Times-Picayune: "Gas Surge Shut Well a Couple of Weeks Before Gulf Oil Spill" (May 10, 2010) "'They failed to address what's called 'residual risk,' those things that planners don't think will fail. And in doing so, they underestimated the risk in ways very similar to the engineers who designed New Orleans' levee system,' Bea said." Read the full article...

Yale Environment 360: "The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: An Accident Waiting to Happen" (May 10, 2010) "The oil slick spreading across the Gulf of Mexico has shattered the notion that offshore drilling had become safe. A close look at the accident shows that lax federal oversight, complacency by BP and the other companies involved, and the complexities of drilling a mile deep all combined to create the perfect environmental storm." Read the full post...

NOIA Press Release: "UPDATE 1 -  NOIA Member Companies Engaged in Cohesive Deepwater Horizon Response" (May 7, 2010) "As BP, the National Response Team, and an army of volunteers work feverishly to respond to the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico, NOIA member companies are lending their resources in an unprecedented cooperative effort to stop the flow of oil and prevent further damage to the environment." Read the complete press release...

Thaindian News: "Gulf Tragedy: Oil May Reach Loop Current Within 24 Hours" (May 4, 2010) "In 1969, a Union Oil well which was five miles off of the coast of Santa Barbara, California blew out, and left a mess on the shores. People attacked this oily devastation by skimming oil off the top of the ocean’s surface, dispersing the oil slick with chemicals, and using straw and other materials to 'soak up' the oil. Although it has been forty-one years and huge steps later in technology, the fight against the oil spill in the Gulf which is being waged by BP is being fought in much the same way. 'Taking proper care of the oil and then the pollution is damn near the same as what we see today,' said Robert G. Bea, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley who spent 16 years working for Shell Oil Co. 'We’re still chasing it around with Scott towels.'"
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Washington Post: "Crews Attack Gulf Coast Oil Spill with Old Techniques" (May 3, 2010) "Forty-one years and many generations of technology later, BP is attacking the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico with techniques very similar to those used in Santa Barbara. And just like those days, choppy waters and strong winds can make it impossible to use those tools to bottle up oil once it's leaked into open seas.

"'Taking proper care of the oil and then the pollution is damn near the same as what we see today," said Robert G. Bea, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley who spent 16 years working for Shell Oil Co. "We're still chasing it around with Scott towels.'"
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The Daily Advertiser: "Federal Officials to Set Up Drilling Safety Board" (May 1, 2010) "A new safety board is 'potentially a very good thing if we focus the effort in the right direction,' said Robert Bea, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley and a member of Center for Catastrophic Risk Management. 'Don't (just) focus on steel, focus on people.'"
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Firedog Lake: "Halliburton Presentation May Explain Horizon Oil Rig Explosion and Fire" (April 30, 2010) "A publicly available Halliburton PowerPoint presentation from last November might tell us a lot about what could have caused the oil blowout, fire and massive oil gushing at the Horizon rig." Read the report...

San Francisco Examiner: "Worst Environmental Disaster in US History: Oil Slick in Gulf of Mexico is Set on Fire" (April 29, 2010) "A BP official said controlled burns can get rid of 50 to 99 percent of oil within a limited area, but Robert Bea, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of California at Berkeley who worked on controlling the damage of the Santa Barbara spill, warned that in open seas, companies have generally captured less than 10 percent of oil spilled."
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Bloomberg: "Oil Producers Risk Blowouts, Blazes in Search for Deeper Fields" (April 23, 2010) "Energy companies delving miles beneath the seafloor for oil are risking pressure surges like the one this week that may have sparked the deadliest U.S. rig accident in 23 years." Read more...

MSNBC: "Potential for Big Spill After Oil Rig Sinks" (April 22, 2010) "NEW ORLEANS - The oil rig that exploded, caught fire and then sank 36 hours later could lead to a major oil spill, officials said Thursday, and as a result a remotely operated vehicle is surveying the seas and assets ranging from aircraft to containment booms are ready to be deployed." Read the full article...

Halliburton Powerpoint: "Deepwater Cementing Consideration to Prevent Hydrate Destabilization" (November 18, 2009)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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