LSU student designs way to prevent oil spills

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Posted: Apr 8, 2011 6:16 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: Apr 8, 2011 6:16 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Deepwater Horizon, LSU PERTT, Chase Menard

BATON ROUGE-- Louisiana State University senior Chase Menard has come up with a way to prevent another catastrophic oil spill like Deepwater Horizon.

Menard says the method he's been working on since February is simple: install two pressure sensors deep below the surface, which will monitor gas bubbles that would expand as they reach the surface.

Most rigs do not have more than one sensor, making it difficult to monitor gas bubbles early on,

If they're caught early, the crew has an extra four to five minutes to decide what they will do with the gas.

Menard did not patent his method, because he says safety is his top priority.

"It would make it worth it if I just saved one life, or it prevented a catastrophe like happened last year," Menard said.

If a company decided to implement the system, Menard said it could be done in a matter of months.

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