November 11, 2010

Two LSU petroleum engineers testified before the presidentially-mandated National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

John Rogers Smith, associate professor in the LSU Craft & Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering, testified Nov. 9 on a seven member panel featuring oil well drilling and operations experts. Darryl Bourgoyne, director of LSU’s Petroleum Engineering Research and Technology Transfer, or PERTT, Laboratory, the only university-owned, hands-on training facility of its kind in the nation, testified on the same topic later in the day.  

“Having two LSU petroleum engineers sitting on the same federally-mandated commission in order to share their expert opinions on drilling and well operations is indeed an honor and recognition for LSU,” said Dean of the College of Engineering Richard Koubek. “Darryl Bourgoyne and John Smith have distinguished careers and are true assets in a situation such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.”

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill and Offshore Drilling is looking into the April 20 BP Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that killed 11 men and resulted in a three-month discharge of 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

President Barack Obama established the commission for the purpose of examining the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, fire and oil spill, and developing options to guard against and mitigate the impact of any oil spills associated with offshore drilling in the future.

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Article by Mimi LaValle, LSU College of Engineering,, 225-578-5706


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