COVER

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CONTENTS

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PREFACE

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pp. vii-xiii

There is something alluring about the Louisiana marsh. In some way, all of us native to south Louisiana have a connection to the wetlands, either through work or play or some link to a past heritage. Some say that it...

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INTRODUCTION

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pp. 1-14

Energy development and the Louisiana Gulf Coast have a shared history. The region is the birthplace of the offshore oil and gas industry. Throughout the twentieth century the energy industry transformed the Louisiana...

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1. AN ENERGY LANDSCAPE EMERGES: Early Coastal Oil and Gas Development

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pp. 15-40

Development of the oil and gas industry in south Louisiana began at the dawn of the twentieth century near known salt domes. Exploration and production around these geological structures led the industry from the...

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2. POSTWAR PIPELINES SPAN THE COAST: Building the Three Hundred-Mile Muskrat Line

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pp. 41-73

The early post–World War II period marked the beginning of building large energy pipelines in the Louisiana Gulf Coast. In the 1950s, U.S. demand for petroleum, particularly natural gas in the northeast, dramatically...

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3. OFFSHORE EXPANSION AND ENVIRONMENTAL REFORM: The Blue Water Pipeline System

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pp. 74-103

After more than three decades of toiling through the marshlands and adapting to a new environment, the industry launched from the Louisiana coastal area into a new frontier offshore. While the offshore...

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4. AMERICA’S FIRST OFFSHORE OIL PORT: LOOP and the Science of Wetland Ecology

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pp. 104-130

The 1970s marked a turning point for energy and the environment in America. The imperative to increase energy supplies from offshore, as a result of the ongoing energy crisis, collided with a new national agenda...

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5. THE COASTAL EROSION CRISIS: Wetland Loss and the Oil Field Canal Debate

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pp. 131-162

In the 1980s, coastal erosion became a highly charged issue in south Louisiana. The thousands of miles of canals built and permitted throughout the coastal wetlands for oil and gas development over the decades contributed...

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6. THE COASTAL RESTORATION CAMPAIGN: From the Breaux Act to Coast 2050

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pp. 163-184

The 1990s ushered in a new chapter in Louisiana’s energy and environmental history. As the state clawed its way out of an oil-led recession, the economic outlook for the region greatly improved with the new...

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7. AMERICA’S ENERGY COAST: Redefining Restoration in the Gulf

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pp. 185-219

At the turn of the century, the environmental conditions in coastal Louisiana continued to decline. The ten years of Coastal Wetland Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) projects had resulted...

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CONCLUSION: A Sustainable Energy Coast for the Twenty-First Century

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pp. 220-228

For much of the last century, the wetlands in coastal Louisiana have been critical to the development of America’s energy supplies. To expand oil and gas development offshore, the industry built a vast network...

NOTES

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pp. 229-251

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

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pp. 253-259

INDEX

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pp. 261-271