Author and Alumnus to Discuss the Petroleum Industry and the Impact on the Coast on June 9

06/03/2014 12:12 PM

BATON ROUGE – Jason P. Theriot, LSU alumnus and author of “American Energy, Imperiled Coast: Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana’s Wetlands,” published by LSU Press, will participate speaking events at both Hill Memorial Library and the Energy, Coast & Environment Building on Monday, June 9.

At 4 p.m., Theriot will participate in an informal question and answer session regarding the petroleum industry in Louisiana and its impact on the coastal wetlands at Hill Memorial Library. This free public program is held in association with the exhibition “I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance” currently on display at Hill Memorial Library. His book will also be available for purchase.

Following the session, Theriot will present at a seminar and book signing reception at 5:15 p.m. in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium, LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Building, sponsored by the LSU Center for Energy Studies.

In “American Energy, Imperiled Coast,” Theriot explores the tension between oil and gas development and the land-loss crisis in Louisiana. His book offers an analysis of both the impressive, yet ecologically destructive, engineering feats that characterized industrial growth in the region and the mounting environmental problems that threaten South Louisiana’s communities, culture and “working” coast.

A former Energy Policy Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Theriot earned a doctorate in history from the University of Houston and a degree in journalism from LSU. For more information, visit For more on the seminar or the Center for Energy Studies, visit

The travelling exhibition “I Remember” was produced by the Coastal Wetlands Protection, Planning and Restoration Act, or CWPPRA, Task Force, in conjunction with LSU Libraries T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. While on display at Hill Memorial Library, the exhibition is supplemented with materials from the holdings of LSU Libraries Special Collections related to Louisiana’s wetlands.

For more information on CWPPRA, visit

CWPPRA is federal legislation enacted in 1990 that is designed to identify, prepare, and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration projects. Since its inception, 151 coastal restoration or protection projects have been authorized, benefiting over 112,000 acres in Louisiana.

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Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Tuesday, June 3, 2014