Oil on the Edge: Offshore Development, Conflict, Gridlock

Oil on the Edge: Offshore Development, Conflict, Gridlock

by Robert Gramling

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The federal offshore oil leasing program has generated more than billion for the federal government, and the Outer Continental Shelf represents the greatest potential for oil and gas reserves remaining in the United States. But most U.S. coastal states oppose offshore development, and the battle resulting from these conflicting forces has raged through the last five presidential administrations and concurrent sessions of Congress. This book tells the history of the debate, puts it in perspective, and explores the prospects for future development. It traces the factors that led to the ascendancy of oil as an energy source, the emergence of the technology that made undersea extraction possible, the political forces that led to the dramatic offshore boom in the Gulf of Mexico, and the national policies that eventually produced the closing of virtually all offshore federal lands to the agency created within the Department of Interior to exploit them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791426944
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 10/28/1995
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.87(w) x 8.93(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Robert Gramling is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Socioeconomic Impacts at the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He is the co-author (with William R. Freudenberg) of Oil in Troubled Waters: Perceptions, Politics, and the Battle Over Offshore Drilling, also published by SUNY Press.

Table of Contents

List of Tables

List of Figures


Prologue Traveling Through Time

1. Developing the Demand

2. The Early Technology and Politics of Offshore Oil

3. Moving Offshore

4. Political Storm Clouds

5. Boom and Bust in the Gulf

6. Rising Political Controversy

7. The Florida Conflict

Epilogue: Offshore Oil at the Edge

Appendix: Selected Portions of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Amendments




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