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Leading Authority on Coastal Erosion and Energy Extraction to Speak at CES

Roy Dokka, LSU professor of civil and environmental engineering, will speak on the role of the oil and gas industry in the loss of Louisiana coastal wetlands, Thursday, November 17, at 4 p.m. at the Energy, Coast, & Environment Rotunda Conference Facilities on the LSU campus. Dokka's presentation, "The Nature of Modern Subsidence in Coastal Areas of the Gulf Coast," will address the controversial topic in light of the recently passed Federal Energy Policy Act, which will provide funds for coastal restoration projects.

Dokka's study warns of the likelihood of further subsidence of coastal areas, which would result in disruption of proposed coastal restoration projects, and questions the degree to which the extraction of oil and natural gas has contributed to the shrinking coastline.

The presentation is sponsored jointly by the LSU Center for Energy Studies and the Louisiana Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics (USAEE). A reception for networking opportunities will follow the presentation. Admission is $10 for USAEE members, $15 for nonmembers, and $5 for students. Only cash or checks will be accepted. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Kristen Strellec at 504-736-2465 or Kristen.Strellec@mms.gov or Tulin Koray at 225-342-2733 or Tulin.Koray@la.gov. Free parking on the west side of the building will be available to all attendees.

The USAEE was founded in 1994 to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and discussion of issues among energy economics professionals from diverse backgrounds (corporate, government, academic, and scientific) and disciplines (economics, engineering, geology, public policy, law, etc.). The goal of the Louisiana Chapter is to create a regularly scheduled forum for energy professionals and others interested in energy issues, to interact and discuss important energy topics and how they impact Louisiana.