"Oil in Troubled Waters" is public forum on oil spill

An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an
An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20. The rig eventually capsized and sank. This image of the affected area was captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite. NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team.

The worsening deepwater oil spill off the Gulf of Mexico coast is the topic of a public briefing and discussion Tuesday (May 18) at 10 a.m.

Watch a live webcast of the briefing online.

Sponsored by the Energy Institute, the briefing, titled "Oil in Troubled Waters," features leading university experts in areas of petroleum engineering, environment, public policy, law and geosciences, including Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, director of the Energy Institute. The discussion will be moderated by Robert Hutchings, dean of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Read more about the public briefing online.