WPSU takes an inside look at the Gulf oil spill

President Obama called the Gulf oil spill “a potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.” It’s too early to say what the long-term economic and environmental impacts will be. But in the short-term, a lot depends on weather, ocean currents and the extent to which efforts to staunch the flow of crude oil are successful.

Penn State Public Broadcasting is offering a television and radio call-in program titled “Inside: The Gulf Oil Spill” with a panel of Penn State experts to discuss the engineering, environmental and economic challenges posed by the April 20 offshore drilling accident in the Gulf of Mexico.

The live call-in program airs at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 800-543-8242 or sending an e-mail to response@psu.edu during the broadcast. There also will be a live chat at http://wpsu.org/insideoil online.

Members of the panel include Turgay Ertekin, a Penn State professor of Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering and the George E. Trimble Chair in Earth and Mineral Sciences. Among other things, he’s currently investigating enhanced oil recovery techniques.

Robert Brooks is founder and director of the Penn State Cooperative Wetlands Center. He studies wetlands restoration and creation on altered and damaged landscapes.

R.J. Briggs, assistant professor of energy and environmental economics in Penn State’s Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. He studies the environmental impacts of resource use, environmental policy and the health effects of pollution.

Penn State Public Broadcasting's long-time host and interviewer, Patty Satalia, will moderate the discussion live from the WPSU studios.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

Last Updated November 18, 2010