Mike Giuliani, Senior Engineering Advisor at InterAct, a product and service line brand for the drilling and decommissioning segment within Acteon, recently formed part of an expert panel discussing ‘detecting and capping leaking oil wells in Summerland’, an online event hosted by the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum.
Mike earned his place on the panel thanks to the success of InterAct’s work to cap and seal Treadwell 10 and NorthStar 815, two 100+ year old legacy orphan wells which were known to leak oil in the Summerland area. Mike holds a BS in Petroleum Engineering and has worked in the field for over 30 years. He has a broad base of experience in artificial lift, reservoir, decommissioning, and steam engineering, and worked on the Summerland well abandonment.
The event website explains that for decades, oil has been leaking from the wellheads of some of the first offshore oil rigs in the world, with over 400 of them in Santa Barbara County. The beaches in Summerland were the source, and the oil spread as far southeast as Carpinteria and northwest along the coast to Miramar, Hammonds, and East Beach. Finding the exact locations of these leaks and making the determination that they were indeed old wellheads vs. natural seeps took years of research both above and below the ocean. The detection and capping of these wells were a victory for the environment, finally ending the flow of multiple barrels per day into our ocean.
- Watch the recording of the panel discussion here
- Watch the opening video here
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