Resource Extraction Activities in the Coastal Zone—The Impact of Offshore Oil Production on Coastal Communities

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by Ruth Seydlitz, Univ of New Orleans, New Orleans, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93:

Abstract: There are few studies that examine the impact of offshore oil extraction on social problems, educational attainment and economic health of communities. The results of this study demonstrate that social problems and community economic health are greater while drop out rates and the percentage of high school students enrolling in college are lower when oil extraction activities are greater or increasing, especially in communities highly involved in offshore oil production. The findings also show that the impacts are more complex than previously assumed. Potential policies to mitigate the impacts on social problems, educational attainment of community residents and community economic health are presented.

Subject Headings: Offshore platforms | Social factors | Economic factors | Health hazards | Coastal environment | School (K-12) | Students | Colleges and universities |

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