FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
DATE:  May 1, 2008
CONTACT: Dr. David Jensen 361.658.7852; Will Piatt 847.302.8087; Steve Paschal 361.850.3172
   
Oil Spill Prevention and Response Students to Practice Skills During Mock Disaster Exercise at Corpus Christi Marina

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WHO:  

Environmental Science Students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the Corpus Christi Oil Spill Association

WHAT: Oil Spill Control Exercise in Corpus Christi Bay
WHEN:  Friday, May 2, from 1-3 p.m.
Best Media Opportunity: 1:30-2 p.m.
WHERE: Lawrence Street “T” Head at the Corpus Christi Marina

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Students in the “Oil Spill Prevention and Response” class at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi will conduct an oil spill response exercise Friday, May 2, from 1-3 p.m. at the Lawrence Street “T” head in the Corpus Christi Marina.

The exercise will simulate a protective-action booming strategy to shield the Columbus ship Niña from being damaged due to a spill in the marina. Boats and equipment will be staged and deployed from the Cooper’s Alley boat ramp. Students will then tow an oil spill boom into position alongside and around the Niña to form a barrier between the ship’s hull and the spilled oil. The exercise represents one of many strategies discussed and practiced in the class.