Texas Governor Rick Perry announced in response to the BP (NYSE:BP) oil spill accident that Texas will form what he is calling the “Gulf Project,” which he hopes will bring together the best in the state to help prevent and/or limit the effects of an oil disaster like being experienced now.
Perry said, "I am announcing the formation of the “Gulf Project” representing an unprecedented collaboration of the state’s top scientists, engineers and researchers focused on a clear set of vitally important goals of protecting our residents, our environment, and our economy.
"I’ve asked its members to prepare a comprehensive road map that will lead us to our destination ensuring such a disaster doesn’t happen again.
"We need new techniques and facilities to test the safety and reliability of current and next-generation equipment."
Perry also called for the development of new technology to "better monitor wells," both while being drilled and when in production.
He added that there is a need to vastly improve the training of spill management teams, and for the creation of better technology to handle spills in a way that would minimize the effects and bring them under quicker control.
Perry also called upon members of the oil and gas industry to participate in the initiative.
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