Over several days, a blown oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico has turned into an environmental crisis. Photographs of marine life washing up on the shores of America, feathers or scales covered in oil, have been appearing in newspapers around the world. British Petroleum, which owns the well, has attempted to control the upwelling of oil with a dome, but to little effect. On Just to Clarify, we wanted to give listeners a better idea of what happens beneath the surface of the water in an offshore oil rig, and why such ruptures are difficult to control.
Our guest on the show is Dr. GP Karmakar, a professor at the School of Petroleum Technology in Gandhinagar. Dr. Karmakar is a specialist in reservoir engineering and well testing, and he has worked previously for the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation