Texas Tech University

Why an enduring U.S. oil spill can't be stopped


October 25, 2018

When the Taylor Energy oil drilling platform toppled over in September 2004, its 500-foot-tall metal legs twisted and bent as the looming structure sank to the seafloor. Hurricane Ivan's pummeling waves had unsettled the muddy ground, which spelled doom for the 20-year-old rig. It lay in a mangled, chaotic heap.

If a U.S. federal court determines that Taylor is still on the hook for the enduring oil leak, there are effective and realizable "near future" cleanup solutions, said Seshadri Ramkumar, a professor in the Department of Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University.

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