OCS Studies Review

Mark Kaiser, David Dismukes, and Allan Pulsipher.  Funded by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Minerals Management Service.  Project Funding: $377,917.

Louisiana and Texas are the highest energy consuming and producing states in the nation, and historically have played a major role in supplying the U.S. with oil and gas, either through conventional production, imported oil, or imported LNG. The OCS of Louisiana and Texas remains a major supplier of domestic oil and gas, and it holds the potential for new supplies of energy, through imported LNG, wind and ocean energy, and natural gas hydrates.

The purpose of this proposal is to research three topics of interest to the MMS in a timely and comprehensive manner. We will review the historical development of oil and gas activity in Louisiana and Texas, and the regulations, incentives, drilling activity, production statistics, pipeline infrastructure, planning boundaries, and other activities related to the exploration, development, production and transportation of oil and gas.