There are currently over 30 active deep-sea drilling platforms and more than 600 areas where oil naturally seeps from the Gulf of Mexico seafloor.
New research has uncovered an added dimension to the decision to inject large amounts of chemical dispersants above the crippled seafloor oil well during the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010.
A University of Houston researcher has earned a $1.8 million grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative to determine how the use of dispersants to break up an oil spill affects the natural cleaning role played by bacteria.
Scientists demonstrated an effective and environmentally benign technology to harness the forces that cause an oil spill to spread.
Amitesh Saha is on a mission to find safer alternatives to dispersants currently being used in oil spill cleanup.
Modeling Study Suggests Dispersants Used at Wellhead had Marginal Effect on Oil Reaching Surface Waters
Scientists studying the use of sub-sea chemical dispersants during the Deepwater Horizon spill published their recent findings.
The 2010 blowout of the Macondo well in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico resulted in the region’s largest oil spill in U.S. history.
Associate professor of chemical engineering Norma Alcantar is filing for an international patent for a cactus mucilage as an oil dispersant.
The extensive use of chemical dispersants on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico prompted concerns that they also may have damaged fragile ecosystems.
Grant will support research to understand how oil spills disperse in the Gulf of Mexico, and how the oil affects the ecology of the Gulf