University Expertise and the Oil and Gas Industry: Development of Cost Effective Solutions to Applied Oil-Spill-Related Research Issues PUBLIC ACCESS

[+] Author Affiliations
Donald W. Davis

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

Roland J. Guidry

Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator/Office of the Governor

Paper No. 97-AA-054, pp. V001T13A030; 10 pages
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • ASME 1997 Turbo Asia Conference
  • Singapore, September 30–October 2, 1997
  • Conference Sponsors: International Gas Turbine Institute
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-7867-5
  • Copyright © 1997 by ASME


Immediately after the Exxon Valdez incident, the United States Oil Pollution Act of 1990 was passed. This Act clarified the lines of responsibility associated with future oil spills. In addition to this Federal legislation, Louisiana lawmakers in 1991 enacted the Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act. Financial awards associated with this Act support a wide-range of research activities. Since 1993, 24 projects have been funded. The scope and nature of this research includes:

• Oil Spill Awareness through Geoscience Education (OSAGE);

• Used Oil Recycling in Louisiana’s Coastal Communities;

• Evaluation and Characterization of Sorbents;

• Landsat TM and Synthetic Aperture Radar to Facilitate Coastline Delineation;

• Environmental Effects and Effectiveness of In-Situ Burning in Wetlands;

• Bioremediation Protocol for Small-Scale Oil Spills;

• Oil Spill Risk on Louisiana’s Largest Waterway;

• River Time-of-Travel Modeling;

• Composting Technology for Practical and Safe Remediation of Oil-Spill Residuals;

• Predictability of Oceanic and Atmospheric Conditions off the Mississippi Delta; and

• Phytoremediation for Oil Spill Cleanup and Habitat Restoration in Louisiana’s Marshes.

Each of these projects, and others, are the result of the marriage of industry and university researchers in the identification and solution of applied oil-spill-related problems. The alliance is a good one. Important environmental issues are addressed because the selection process ensures each research initiative has the potential of being implemented by the response community. The work and knowledge gained from these projects is a clear indication of how industry and the university community can function in a collaborative manner to solve important issues — a significant partnership that clearly shows how both can benefit and a model for others to follow.

Copyright © 1997 by ASME
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