Governor Perry Announces Formation of Gulf Project

6 07 2010

Governor Perry is forming a coalition to help ensure that the State of Texas is prepared to respond to a large-scale oil spill.  The News Release issued by the Office of the Governor on July 6, 2010 is found below.  The purpose of the project is to make sure Texas never endure the environmental and economic disaster currently occurring in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

Governor Perry today announced the formation of the Gulf Project, a coalition of energy and environmental scientists, policy experts, academic researchers, private sector research scientists and state officials who will work to ensure Texas never endures the environmental and economic disaster currently occurring in the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.

“To keep our status as the energy capital of the nation and preserve our environment, jobs and economy, Texas must become the world leader in developing the next generation in offshore oil exploration safety and response,” Gov. Perry said. “The Gulf Project is an unprecedented collaboration of the state’s top scientists, engineers and researchers, focused on protecting our residents, environment and economy, and solving the unique challenges presented by the next generation of domestic energy exploration and production.”

The University of Texas, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, Rice University, Texas Tech University, Southern Methodist University, the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), Texas General Land Office and Texas Railroad Commission are participating in the effort, and other experts and institutions of higher education may join later.

A key challenge for the industry is the current inability to test full drilling systems to determine their safety, and to develop proven methods of responding to large-scale oil spills such as the Deepwater Horizon incident. Other nations including the United Kingdom, Norway and Brazil are competing to develop a seafloor testing facility.

Each participating institution is already involved in significant oil and gas drilling research, and already have the facilities – such as Texas A&M’s Offshore Research Technology Center and Rice’s National Corrosion Center – but none is able to test a full drilling system to ensure it can safely operate under all deep sea conditions. Additionally, the Johnson Space Center is home to facilities that can test the safety and reliability of current and next generation equipment, which could be used as research proceeds. 

Governor Perry believes domestic oil and gas exploration remains critical to meeting the nation’s energy needs. Texas’ energy industry continues to fuel the nation, supplying 20 percent of the nation’s oil production, one-fourth of the nation’s natural gas production, a quarter of the nation’s refining capacity, and nearly 60 percent of the nation’s chemical manufacturing. Additionally, Texas’ energy industry employs 200,000 to 300,000 Texans, with $35 billion in total wages.

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8 07 2010
Anonymous

Jeff,
When the blowout first happened and the lack of planning on their part to address the deep water issues I was upset. You know as well as I that murphy is always around and they had to have discussed these issues. I also know that they just wanted to get just enough done to cover their ass but not enough to actually deal with the problem. Now it has come back to haunt them. What really irritates me is the simple fact that if it was so expensive to have a rapid response team the entire oil industry could have pooled the resources and include the fed. govt. because of national interest. They could have included the U S Navy deep water equipment etc. combined with the oil industry engineers to have the right equipment to solve these type of problems. This is something that could have reduced the impact tremendously. I know hindsight is 20-20 but we all know that have dealt in emergency mgt. that it is critical no matter what field that you are in. To save a few dollars as opposed to investing alittle more to really do what is right is stupid.

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