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OCS Study MMS 2004-049 History of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry in Southern Louisiana Interim Report Volume I: Papers on the Evolving Offshore Industry U.S. Department of the Interior Minerals Management Service Gulf of Mexico OCS Region OCS Study MMS 2004-049 History of the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry in Southern Louisiana Interim Report Volume I: Papers on the Evolving Offshore Industry Authors Diane Austin Bob Carriker Tom McGuire Joseph Pratt Tyler Priest Allan G. Pulsipher Pre
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    OCS StudyMMS 2004-049 History of the Offshore Oil and GasIndustry in Southern Louisiana Interim Report Volume I: Papers on the Evolving Offshore Industry U.S. Department of the Interior Minerals Management ServiceGulf of Mexico OCS Region    U.S. Department of the Interior Minerals Management ServiceGulf of Mexico OCS Region OCS StudyMMS 2004-049 History of the Offshore Oil and GasIndustry in Southern Louisiana Interim Report Volume I: Papers on the Evolving Offshore Industry Authors Diane AustinBob CarrikerTom McGuireJoseph PrattTyler PriestAllan G. PulsipherPrepared under MMS Contract1435-01-02-CA-85169byCenter for Energy StudiesLouisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge, Louisiana Published by New OrleansJuly 2004   iii DISCLAIMER  This report was prepared under contract between the Minerals Management Service (MMS) andLouisiana State University’s Center for Energy Studies. This report has not been technicallyreviewed by MMS. Approval does not signify that the contents necessarily reflect the view andpolicies of the Service, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constituteendorsement or recommendation for use. It is, however, exempt from review and compliancewith MMS editorial standards. REPORT AVAILABILITY Extra copies of the report may be obtained from the Public Information Office (Mail Stop 5034)at the following address:U.S. Department of the InteriorMinerals Management ServiceGulf of Mexico OCS RegionPublic Information Office (MS 5034)1201 Elmwood Park BoulevardNew Orleans, Louisiana 70123-2394Telephone Number: 1-800-200-GULF1-504-736-2519 CITATION Suggested citation:Austin, D., B. Carriker, T. McGuire, J. Pratt, T. Priest, and A. G. Pulsipher. 2004. History of theoffshore oil and gas industry in southern Louisiana: Interim report; Volume I: Papers onthe evolving offshore industry. U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Minerals Management Service,Gulf of Mexico OCS Region, New Orleans, LA. OCS Study MMS 2004-049. 98 pp.   v TABLE OF CONTENTS   Page1. Introduction and Background (Allan G. Pulsipher).............................................................11.1. Project Objectives.........................................................................................................21.2. Rationale ......................................................................................................................21.3. Methods ......................................................................................................................31.4. Organization of the Project...........................................................................................41.5. Organization of the Interim Report...............................................................................52. The Brave and the Foolhardy: Hurricanes in the Early Offshore Oil Industry(Joseph Pratt)................................................................................................................72.1. References...................................................................................................................253. History of U.S. Oil and Gas Leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf (Tyler Priest).........293.1. Introduction.................................................................................................................293.2. Claiming the Coastal Sea: From the Tideland’s Controversy to the Landmark 1962 Sale.....................................................................................................................303.2.1. “Tidelands” Controversy.............................................................................303.2.2. Early Federal OCS Leasing and the “Interim Agreement”..........................353.3. Sales that Revived the Gulf.........................................................................................423.4. References...................................................................................................................504. Technology and Strategy of Petroleum Exploration in Coastal and Offshore Gulf of Mexico (Tyler Priest)..............................................................................................534.1. Introduction.................................................................................................................534.2. Salt Domes and Salt Water: Gulf Coast Exploration Technology to 1945.................554.2.1. Grand Entrance of Geophysics....................................................................554.2.2. Pirogues, “Pack Mules,” and Marsh Buggies..............................................674.2.3. Exploratory Drilling from Wetlands to Open Water...................................714.3. References...................................................................................................................745. Work Plan: Tyler Priest and Joseph Pratt, History International.......................................795.1. Technology and Strategy of Petroleum Exploration in Coastal and OffshoreGulf of Mexico............................................................................................................795.1.1. “Salt Domes and Salt Water: Gulf Coast Exploration Technologyto 1945”......................................................................................................795.1.2. “The Pursuit of Data: New Methods of Seismic Exploration andProspect Evaluation, 1945-1962”..............................................................795.1.3. “Seeing the Subsurface: The Digital Revolution and Its Impacton Exploration in the Gulf of Mexico, 1962-1988”...................................805.1.4. “Beyond the Shelf: Taking Geologic and Economic Risks inDeepwater, 1974-2000”.............................................................................80
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