Oceans, oil rigs are Science Cafe topic

Graham Shimmield will discuss the decommissioning of ocean oil rigs at the MDI Science Café on May 1.

BAR HARBOR — Graham Shimmield, Ph.D., director of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, will lead an MDI Science Café titled “After the Oil Rush: The Ocean Legacy of Our Fossil Fuel Economy” on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. at McKays Public House in Bar Harbor.

“The tragedy of the Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico focused public and political attention on shelf seas and continental margin drilling,” says Dr. Shimmield. “Now we’re facing the decommissioning of over 300 installations in the North Sea, where drilling has been underway since the 1960s. What do we do with obsolete infrastructure? Good environmental policy means that we must consider the full cycle of such developments, including decommissioning.”

Dr. Shimmield has been director of the Bigelow Lab since 2008. He is a member of the joint industry Scientific Advisory Board examining the challenges of decommissioning oil and gas installation in the North Sea. His particular interest is in marine geochemistry, which includes studying the fundamental geochemical processes operating in oceans and examining human impacts and contamination in coastal and deep seas.

The Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory offers the MDI Science Cafés as a relaxed forum for non-scientists and scientists to talk together about recent scientific discoveries and issues that affect everyone’s lives. This is the final café to be offered in Bar Harbor this year. Beginning June 17, MDI Science Cafés will be held biweekly at the Asticou Inn in Northeast Harbor. For more information, visit or call Bonnie Gilfillan at 288-3147.

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