Blog : UNH Hosts Oil Spill Response Forum Oct. 28-29

By Madalyn | Oct 23, 2014 | in

Join the University of New Hampshire, the UNH Center for Spills in the Environment (CSE), and the School or Marine Science and Ocean Engineering on October 28 and 29 for a UNH-funded forum titled “Oil Spill Response: 25 Years After the Exxon Valdez and in the Wake of Deepwater Horizon, What Have We Learned and What Are We Missing?”

It's been 25 years since the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound. Also, it's been five years since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig which gushed 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the largest recorded oil spill in U.S. history.

In response to these tragic oil spills, UNH is hosting a two-day forum with nearly 40 scientific experts, eyewitnesses, industry specialists, and NGOs. These experts will facilitate discussions in regards to understanding what went wrong to cause these spills, and also taking the next step to make a plan for spills in the future.

Tuesday the 28th will focus on the role of media in oil spill coverage of these disasters, how this information is relayed to the public, and the impacts these disaster have on policy. Coast Guard incident commanders Ed Page (Exxon Valdez) and Thad Allen (Deepwater Horizon), as well as other key figures during the spill, will form a panel to discuss and field questions on this topic.

On Wednesday the 29th speakers will be looking to the future to better understand how these two spills can inform future spill responses. They will also discuss the effects and impact on humans in these spills through avenues such as public policy, health, and safety.

The goal of this event is to not only educate about the past and to understand what went wrong, but to also come up with creative solutions to prevent these human caused disaster from happening again. Panelists and participants will discuss what needs to be done differently to avoid these large scale oil spills in the future.

Both of these events will be free and open to the public, though UNH requests that you do register for the events, you can register here. To learn more about the event click here