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Center for Energy Studies Project Wins U.S. Department of the Interior Award

The multi-year project was funded by the Minerals Management Service (MMS), which manages oil and gas resources on the Outer Continental shelf under federal jurisdiction. It documented the development of the offshore oil and gas industry and its effects on the people, environment, and economy of the coastal communities along the Gulf of Mexico. A substantial portion of the effort was devoted to collecting oral and life histories from people who participated in or were affected by the development of the offshore oil and gas industry in Southern Louisiana.

The project team included Allan G. Pulsipher, executive director for the Center for Energy Studies; Harry H. Luton, MMS Gulf of Mexico OCS Region; Diane Austin and Thomas McGuire, University of Arizona, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology; and Joseph Pratt and Tyler Priest, University of Houston, Departments of History and Business.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will present the award to members of the project team later this year.

The project report is available in PDF format from the MMS, Gulf of Mexico OCS Region: