Geographic Units for Socioeconomic Impact Analysis in the Gulf of Mexico Region

Allan Pulsipher and Kathy Perry. Funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service.  Project Funding: $439,876.00.

This study will use industrial cluster analysis, regional input/output analysis and modeling, and geographic information systems in an interdisciplinary effort to identify geographic areas where significant socioeconomic impacts, either negative or positive, are likely to occur.  The study is designed as an interactive and iterative exercise involving an interdisciplinary research team from LSU and MMS staff.  The objective is to delineate Economic Impact Areas (EIAs) in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) states that are based on a clear, explicit, empirical rationale, reflective of the onshore effects of the offshore industry, and able to more clearly guide and support social impact assessments of industry operations and activities.  This will facilitate better compliance with the goals of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).