Coastal Louisiana, Energy and the Environment Are Topics of Upcoming Presentation by Jason Theriot at LSU on Jan. 30
BATON ROUGE – Numerous LSU departments are joining forces for a presentation that outlines coastal Louisiana’s role in the development of modern energy and environmental policy.
Environmental historian Jason Theriot will present “Building America’s Energy Corridor: Pipelines, Wetlands, and the Breaux Act” on Monday, Jan. 30, at 4 p.m. in the Holliday Forum of the Journalism Building.
The event is co-sponsored by the following LSU departments: the Coastal Ecology Institute, Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, Department of History, Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, LSU Libraries Special Collections, Center for Energy Studies and the Craft and Hawkins Department of Petroleum Engineering.
Theriot, a native of Louisiana, is a graduate of LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication and fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School for Government. He will speak on the history of oil and gas development and wetland policy in coastal Louisiana, his research in the John Breaux Papers in the LSU Libraries Special Collections and the impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the Macondo oil spill on recent policy developments in the Gulf. The latter is the current direction of his research as a Kennedy School fellow.
With an emphasis on the value of historical research for providing context for public policy-making, Theriot offers a unique and valuable perspective on the ongoing discussion of Louisiana’s efforts to balance economics, energy exploration and extraction, and coastal preservation and restoration. Former U.S. Sen. John Breaux’s efforts to secure a steady revenue source for coastal projects through revenue sharing are a central part of Theriot’s narrative and analysis, and the John Breaux Papers provided an important resource for his research.
His dissertation and current book project, “Building America’s Energy Corridor: Oil and Gas Development and Louisiana Wetlands,” explores the history of pipelines in the Gulf of Mexico, the environmental implications of oil and gas development for coastal Louisiana, and coastal restoration policy and funding.
Following the presentation, a reception will be held at LSU’s Hill Memorial Library, located just across Field House Drive from the Journalism Building.
Theriot will also be a guest on The Jim Engster Show, which airs on Baton Rouge radio station WRKF 98.3 FM, at 9 a.m. on Jan. 30.
For additional information, contact Tara Z. Laver, interim head of LSU Libraries’ Special Collections, at 225-578-6546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.