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Dr. Zhanfei Liu presents at the South Texas Coastal Zone Area Committee Meeting. Photo by Lalitha Asirvadam

DROPPS Hosts South Texas Coastal Zone Area Committee Meeting

February 15, 2017

Yesterday, February 14, 2017, DROPPS hosted the South Texas Coastal Zone Area Committee Meeting at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas. These meetings are held quarterly for the response community to update and discuss response plans, case studies of recent spills, overviews of upcoming and past trainings, and more. Yesterday's meeting featured talks from the Texas General Land Office , CITGO, U.S.

Sarah Cosgrove at the CITGO Oil Spill Drill

Responding for Science: UTMSI Scientists Participate in CITGO Oil Spill Response Drill

December 9, 2016

Scientists from the Dispersion Research on Oil: Physics and Plankton Studies (DROPPS) research consortium at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute were on site to observe a recent two-day drill that was organized by the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery. The drill involved simulating a 55,000 barrel spill of sweet crude oil from the Corpus Christi CITGO refinery which made its way into the shipping channel via Tule Lake. Drs.

An Oil Spill Science Legacy

An Oil Spill Science Legacy

June 8, 2016

There have been two large scale oil spills over the past 4 decades in the Gulf of Mexico. The Ixtoc I spill in 1979 off the coast of Carmen, Mexico released 3.5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf, and the Macondo wellhead blowout off the coast of Louisiana, USA in 2010 released 3.19 million barrels of oil into the Gulf. Both of these incidents resulted in scientists coming together to gather the data needed to understand the fate of the oil, the disturbances it caused to the ecosystem, and its impacts on humans.