History I: 1997-1999

The objective of this study was to enhance the understanding of the relationship between Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) development and the economies, communities and households of the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) region. The study was led by Tech-Law, Inc. and examined historical, social, and economic changes in three coastal areas – South Louisiana (Central Lafourche, South Lafourche, and South Terrebonne parishes), Coastal Bend, Texas (San Patricio County),and Mobile Bay (Baldwin and Mobile counties) – since 1930 and the roles of the offshore oil industry in those changes. Results were published in 2001 in two volumes; Volume I is an Executive Summary.



Principal Investigators: Diane Austin, Thomas McGuire

University of Arizona researchersJeffrey Bannister, Karen Coelho, Allison Fish, Fernando Londono, Mark Neupert, Nadia OlsonDavid White

Community Partners: TechLaw, Inc.