Posted on June 8, 2021
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The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum (SBMM) will host a Zoom presentation by photographer and filmmaker Harry Rabin and an knowledgeable panel speak on Detecting and Capping Leaking Oil Wells in Summerland. The occasion will probably be at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17.
Panelists embrace Mike Giuliani, Hillary Hauser, David Valentine, Joe Fabel and Hannah Beth Jackson.
The occasion is free to attend however registration is required at https://sbmm.org/santa-barbara-events/.
For many years, oil has been leaking from the wellheads of a number of the first offshore oil rigs on this planet, greater than 400 of them in Santa Barbara County. The seashores in Summerland have been the supply, and the oil unfold as far southeast as Carpinteria and northwest alongside the coast to Miramar, Hammonds, and East Seaside.
Discovering the precise areas of the leaks and making the dedication that they have been certainly previous wellheads vs. pure seeps took years of analysis each above and beneath the ocean.
From good eyes for observations, to shovels and the newest expertise, from drones and ROVs to multibeam sonar, Lidar (Mild Detection and Ranging) and improvised metallic detection — all would should be deployed to resolve the thriller of the place the oil plumes have been coming from and to give you a viable resolution.
That job was taken on by Heal the Ocean with Rabin on the helm working with State Sen. Hannah Beth Jackson, the California State Lands Fee, UCSB, and Work together. The story is a victory for the atmosphere, lastly ending the move of a number of barrels per day into the ocean.
Producer, director, and documentary filmmaker, Rabin is the CEO and founding father of On the Wave Productions, an award-winning manufacturing firm and a frontrunner in high-tech digicam and customized assist gear.
From “The Land to Below the Sea” and “Up within the Air,” his cameras and equipment have captured first-time-ever-witnessed motion because it unfolded. Rabin has labored alongside Jean-Michel Cousteau, documenting the notorious Whale Jail in Russia, and with James Cameron, Mike DeGruy, and Sylvia Earle on documentary-based movie tasks.
A 40-year resident Santa Barbara resident, Rabin beforehand introduced his movie “Into the Shark Zone” at SBMM; it may be seen at: https://vimeo.com/285927409.
Rabin’s ardour for the ocean and all marine life just lately prompted the formation of Reef Guardians California/Hawaii, the place he performs a lead position in working with scientists and researchers to raised perceive the issues plaguing our reef techniques and searching for options.
Presently, Rabin additionally serves as an advisor to Heal the Ocean, the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, Whale Sanctuary Basis, Channel Islands Nationwide Marine Sanctuary, and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Extra just lately, he found leaking, deserted offshore oil wellheads, and labored alongside authorities and personal business to get them capped and cease the destruction off the California coast.
Giuliani, Sr. head engineer at InterAct, holds a B.S. in petroleum engineering and has labored within the subject for some 30 years. He has a broad base of expertise in synthetic raise, reservoir, decommissioning, and steam engineering, and is the one who did the Summerland nicely abandonment.
Hauser, co-founder and govt director of Heal the Ocean, has printed books and articles concerning the sea and underwater adventures. In 2009, she acquired the NOGI Distinguished Providers Award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences; she was elected president of the academy’s Board of Administrators in 2013.
Hauser labored as a reporter on ocean points for the Santa Barbara Information-Press (1981-86).
Valentine holds the Norris Presidential Endowed Chair in Earth Science, is the founding director of the Marine Science program within the Faculty of Inventive Research, and has been a professor of geochemistry and microbiology at UCSB since 2001.
Valentine’s analysis pursuits concentrate on the interplay of microbes and chemical compounds, and his tasks have included hydrocarbon seeps and spills, ocean exploration, and the microbial expertise to handle social and environmental issues. Just lately, he found thousands and thousands of barrels of DDT that had been dumped within the ocean off Los Angeles.
For extra about SBMM, go to sbmm.org or name 805-962-8404 for particulars.