Start-up center is designed to help Texas coast along the Gulf of Mexico to recover from 2010’s BP oil spill

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Image:  Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

Researchers from Texas A&M Health Science Center will play a key role in a new initiative designed to help the Texas Gulf Coast recover following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

On Jan. 16, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality announced the establishment of Texas OneGulf, a Center of Excellence created as part of the ongoing implementation of the federal RESTORE Act, which requires that the five Gulf states affected by the oil spill establish centers for conducting research on the Gulf Coast region. The center will serve as a hub of study into the effects of such man-made and natural disasters to help guide research and restoration efforts.

The center will be led by Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, and will draw upon expertise from the Center for Translational Environmental Health Research, a partnership between the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston, and conducts environmental health research aimed at improving human health.

This center will study sustainability, restoration, and protection of the coast and deltas; research and monitoring related to coastal fisheries and wildlife ecosystems in the Gulf Coast region; offshore energy development, including research and technology to improve the sustainable and safe development of energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico and its comprehensive observation, monitoring, and mapping of the gulf; and sustainable and resilient growth and economic and commercial development in the region.

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