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George Bush Presidential Library opens offshore drilling exhibit

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The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library at Texas A&M University has a new exhibit that tells the story of offshore drilling and the 41st President’s previous life as an oilman. The Library’s web site explains:

George Bush was a successful and pioneering Texas oilman, first on land and then offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. As a tribute to his role in the development and use of the innovative independent leg offshore jack-up rig Scorpion launched by LeTourneau in 1956, the exhibit tells the story of offshore drilling. It focuses on the history, development and future of offshore drilling, with an emphasis on the work of George Bush, emerging technologies and ongoing research at Texas A&M University.

With Shell as title sponsor and supporting sponsorships from Ensco, Schlumberger and Move Resource Group, the exhibit covers all aspects of the search for oil offshore, with a special look at the geology of finding oil, focusing on exploration of the Gulf of Mexico. Industry pioneers recount their personal experiences. Visitors will be taken from start to finish — developing the “play” to platform production — via an interactive display.

Energy – especially oil – is an important part of Texas’s story, including its universities. My alma mater, UT Austin, has a prominent exhibit of the Santa Rita #1 drilling rig, which was moved from its well out in the Permian Basin. The Santa Rita well is on university-owned land and contributed land royalties to both UT Austin and Texas A&M until it was plugged in 1990.

The Bush Library offshore exhibit runs through Feb 1, 2015.

Photo credit: George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

David Wogan About the Author: An engineer and policy researcher who writes about energy, technology, and policy - and everything in between. Based in Austin, Texas. Comments? Follow on Twitter @davidwogan.

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  1. 1. tuned 3:24 pm 04/14/2014

    Was Tony Hayward the guest speaker?
    “Initially BP downplayed the incident; its CEO Tony Hayward called the amount of oil and dispersant “relatively tiny” in comparison with the “very big ocean.”[275] Later, he drew an outpouring of criticism when he said that the spill was a disruption to Gulf Coast residents and himself adding, “You know, I’d like my life back.”[27″

    That link is a great “book” on what’s wrong with the hydrocarbon energy business.

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  2. 2. Cramer 6:52 pm 04/14/2014

    Does the offshore drilling exhibit teach about the emergency plan in place for a Gulf spill that discusses impact on seals, sea otters and walruses?

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  3. 3. singing flea 7:02 pm 04/14/2014

    It looks like a crowning achievement for Bush. I am sure the future will love him for it.

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  4. 4. tuned 7:49 pm 04/15/2014

    Not seeing much from the usual suspect hydrocarbon trolls today.
    The news has been mostly bad for them. Hopefully they got the boot.

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  5. 5. rolliesmith 11:49 am 04/18/2014

    Would that President Bush would commit himself to the mitigation of Global Warming especially caused by his investment in oil drilling as did Alfred Nobel invest in Peace after his investment in explosives and the weapons of war!

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  6. 6. hartson 1:42 pm 04/18/2014

    It is apparent that this politician is a puppet for Big Oil.

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