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PowerPlus DCU Mangrove Symposium 2

PowerPlus DCU, PowerPlus DCU Nigeria, and world renowned representatives from noted universities, (see attendee list below) were in attendance for the second Oil Disaster Symposium. The purpose of this meeting was to call to attention the need for revising current plans for remediation by pointing out specific issues that rendered the plans incomplete, inefficient, and environmentally costly. In addition to this, methodologies and resources were taken into account. Ground-breaking ideas were brought forth to address the afore-mentioned concerns, along with plans to bring new prosperity to Nigeria.

PowerPlus DCU and its Nigerian counterpart have been on top of the latest and greatest technologies regarding oil disasters. The greatest need is how the first response steps need to be handled in any disaster situation. Where typically some would tend to burn off or dig up soil for “remediation,” PowerPlus has a comprehensive, micro-decontamination process that takes the large majority of oil contaminants out of the soil and root structures of plants and trees. Most importantly, the process continually balances the soil with nutrients and minerals that may be lost in the process.

The number of would be otherwise be soil samples that would be needed, how they would be gathered, transported, tested, and evaluated all came under tight scrutiny at the symposium. Still, all the best technology and methodology mean nothing without the ability of a guest team to perform the duties required to bring a program to a successful conclusion.

The issues that are currently being faced include the proving of procedures that can readily be handled in the US. In Nigeria processes must be taught and executed by the Nigerian population. The Nigerian Content 2010 Act requires a large percentage of staff to be Nigerian. While this might seem to be an income opportunity for Nigeria, the act cripples other businesses from developing, causing the country to lose jobs and even larger opportunities. Ultimately this hurts the economy in Nigeria while locals are complaining about the practicality of the act. PowerPlus is dedicated to completing this pilot project, even at the risk of a compensation shortfall to cover operating costs.

The risk to Nigerian soil and water is great. With every ounce of oil that is stolen, spilled, or wrongfully processed can put the environment under direct threat. PowerPlus seeks to remedy this problem. PowerPlus also seeks to give the people of Nigeria back their lands and prosperity to their country.

Attendees (In part) :
Dr. Suzanne Kennedy Director of Mo Bio –Metagenomic expert as well as DNA/RNA.
Dr. Mary Ann Burns Assoc. Prof. of Soil Microbiology –Penn State University
Dr. Roberta Fulthrope –Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Ecology expert - University of Toronto
Dr. Janet Jansson- Applied Microbiology expert – Dept. Head of Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory
Charles Ferguson President of FAS Federation of American
Etemi Aknop – (Alias) PhD in Environmental management and HSE w/ BA. In Petroleum Engineering

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