Gas engineers need new tools to clean up oil spills in California.
Gas engineers are being urged to use the latest computer modeling to develop safe and efficient methods to prevent oil spills.
The oil industry is concerned that some oil spill responses have been too slow, which could cost the oil industry money in the long run.
“There are many different scenarios that need to be considered for the prevention of oil spills, from the development of new technologies to the design of the site,” said Peter M. Poulson, CEO of the Oil Spill Prevention and Recovery Council.
“As a member of the oil spill prevention and recovery council, I have been asked to help to find solutions to the problems of the future.”
The council, which is made up of industry, state and federal agencies, has been tasked with finding solutions to prevent the spread of oil spill in California and other oil-rich regions of the country.
Oil companies have been concerned about the slow response time, and the lack of training.
Poulson said the problem lies with the way oil companies have responded to spills in the past.
“They’ve just been so slow to respond to an oil spill, that there has been no real response,” he said.
“We have had a lot of experience of oil companies being too slow to react and to find the oil,” he added.
Pulitzer Prize-winning documentary filmmaker and filmmaker Scott Horsley is on board with the new model.
“When you have an oil field and the first response is to stop and wait for the weather to change, that’s not good,” he told The Huffington Post.
“That is a huge risk to an industry.
Oil companies have a lot to lose in terms of their business, and they have to be very thoughtful about how they’re responding to oil spills.”
Oil companies are also concerned about what happens to the oil that spills in their fields, and what the environment is doing with it.
“The problem with an oilfield is the oil can become contaminated, and it has become a big problem in the Gulf Coast,” Poulness said.
“If you don’t clean it up, you could contaminate the entire oil field.”
Horsley has been trying to get oil companies to change their response to oil spill and oil contamination.
“If we can do a little bit better at predicting when oil is going to start leaking, that would help oil companies get back to a safe rate of production,” he explained.
The model he is using is called the Resource Analysis Tool (RAT) by oil company Accenture.
It looks at how oil spills might affect a field and calculates the damage.
“It’s a pretty complicated tool, and not everyone can use it, but it has proven to be pretty effective in helping oil companies deal with oil spills,” Poulsson said.
Horsly is hoping that the model can help oil and gas companies develop more effective response and prevention measures.
“There’s a lot that needs to be done to be able to predict what’s going to happen,” he noted.
“We’ve had so many cases of oil-related disasters, and I think we need to develop more predictive tools to help us prevent oil- related disasters.”