The auditorium in our conference facility has been named in honor of LSU alumnus Dalton J. Woods. Dalton's family, including his wife Sugar and son Mike, have provided an endowment to support energy conferences in Dalton's name.
During his lifetime, Dalton generously gave his time, talent, and financial resources to LSU. He was a member of the LSU Board of Supervisors, past chair of the LSU Foundation in Shreveport, recipient of the LSU Foundation President's Award for Lifetime Support at the Benefactor Level, and LSU Alumnus of the Year for 2000.
Dalton formed and served as CEO of Dalwood Corporation and Woods Operating Company until his death in October 2001. He spent 53 years of his life in the oil industry, including 34 years as an independent producer and wildcatter in Louisiana and five other states. He also contributed to his profession through publications on fractured chalk reservoirs and on the Smackover Formation and served on the National Petroleum Council, the Shreveport Geological Society, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the U.S. Industrial Council, and the State Board of Commerce and Industry.
Dalton received a bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering in 1941 and a master's degree in geology in 1948, both from LSU. Between degrees, he served in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, attaining the rank of major.
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 orKristen.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.