Science and Policy on Oil Spills in Washington – May 12

Each year billions of gallons of oil are transported over Washington waters. Crude oil tankers feed Washington refineries to satisfy our need for energy. Oil pipelines span the length of the state. Even non-tank vessels that carry cargo to Washington ports carry millions of gallons of oil for fuel. Is Puget Sound one spill a way from ecological and economic disaster?

David Byers, the Response Manager for the Washington State Department of Ecology, will present an overview of Ecology’s Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program, which is often identified as the strongest oil spill program in the United States. He will illustrate the interaction of science and policy during oil spill responses and examine how science is used to identify who is responsible for spills.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at 7:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers (in the cookbook alcove)
1530 Black Lake Blvd. SW, Olympia, WA

The Science Café of Olympia, based on the Cafés Scientifique which began in the UK, provides an informal atmosphere where people both with and without a scientific background can meet and gain a better understanding of interesting topics on science and technology After a brief presentation by an expert in the field, the meeting will be opened to discussions among everyone in attendance.

Presentations will focus on issues that impact our lives locally, nationally and internationally.

Coming in June: “Solutions from the underground. How mushrooms can help save the world.” with Paul Stamets of Fungi Perfecti, LLC in Olympia.

Click here for more information regarding the local chapter of the Science Café.

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