University to play key role in Gulf Project

Platform drilling rigTexas Gov. Rick Perry announced at SMU in July the formation of the Gulf Project – a coalition of university and industry scientists, government officials, policy experts and stakeholders who will work to protect Texas against another environmental and economic disaster like that stemming from the British Petroleum rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.

“I think we have all watched with great frustration as one attempt after another failed to stem the oil. We must do better,” Perry said, adding that industry needs better technology, better monitoring and trained spill management teams.

“The Maguire Energy Institute at SMU Cox has been a leader in the study of management, policy, workforce development and other issues,” says Bruce Bullock, the institute’s director. “We are delighted to participate in this initiative.”

SMU, the University of Texas, Texas A&M University, the University of Houston, Rice University, Texas Tech University, the Research Partnership to Secure Energy for America (RPSEA), Texas General Land Office and Texas Railroad Commission are participating and may be joined later by other experts and institutions of higher education.

The initiative’s goal “is to make drilling in Texas, both onshore and offshore, safer and to protect the health, safety and environment of the citizens and the state,” Bullock says. “Texas is the energy capital of the world. We hope this effort will help us to continue that status.”

> Read a Q&A with Bruce Bullock from SMU News