Drilling: the History of the Petrochemical Industry in Louisiana

With the weather getting beautiful, and football season back in full swing, and Halloween right around the corner, it is easy for us to forget about the horrors of this summer–namely the Gulf Disaster. The disaster was part of a long history of exploitation of our region by the petrochemical industry. Before we bury our heads in the oily sand, perhaps we should continue to educate ourselves, to keep this issue at the forefront, along with all the fun distractions we have here in southern Louisiana.

This evening form 6-9, the Louisiana Humanities Center presents a panel discussion entitled: “Drilling: the History of the Petrochemical Industry in Louisiana.”

Here’s what they have to say about it.:

Panelists Craig Colten of LSU, John Laudun of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, George Pietrogallo of ExxonMobil, and Eric Smith of Tulane University will talk to moderator David Hammer of the Times-Picayune about the economic, environmental, and social impact of the industry’s evolution in the state.

The event is free and open to the public. Discussion begins at 6:00 pm. For more info, contact Brian Boyles at boyles@leh.org or 504.620.2632.

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