Tyler Priest

Tyler Priest
University of Iowa | UI · Department of History

Doctor of Philosophy

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This essay analyzes the introduction and development of digital technology in the geophysical exploration for oil and gas. Beginning in the 1950s, technological advances in petroleum seismology transformed oil exploration into a high-tech business and turned the Gulf of Mexico into one of the most active oil-hunting areas in the world. The developm...
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This report tells the story of deepwater oil in Gulf of Mexico through the story of Shell Oil's Mars Project. Mars was one of the earliest prospects to be drilled and developed on some of the first federal deepwater leases offered in the early 1980s. In the late 2010s, thirty-five years later, it remains one of the most productive basins in the Gul...
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A techno-optimist is pitted against the pied piper of “apocalyptic environmentalism”
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This essay analyzes the rise and decline of organized labor in the oil refining industry along the U.S. Gulf Coast and explains how union organizing in the American South was not quite the abject failure southern labor historians that have portrayed it to be. As was the case across this racially segregated region, labor organizing in refining, begi...
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This essay examines the intimate historical relationship between two of south Louisiana’s most important industries, shrimping and offshore oil. Analyzing the social, cultural, and labor dimensions of environmental change, the essay argues that petroleum did not undermine the environmental sustainability of shrimping, as many scholars assert, but r...
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One salutary feature of these oil histories from political scientist Timothy Mitchell and geographer Matthew Huber is that they avoid the word “crude” in their titles. After a series of books and documentaries in recent years riffing on this theme—crude politics, crude democracy, crude impact, crude awakening, crude world, crude domination, and cru...
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This paper analyzes the major debates over future petroleum supply in the United States, in particular the long-running feud between the world-famous geologist, M. King Hubbert, and the director of the U.S. Geological Survey, Vincent E. McKelvey. The intellectual history of resource evaluation reveals that, by the mid-twentieth century, economists...
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In 1978 the United States and Mexico signed a treaty establishing maritime boundaries in the Gulf of Mexico. The treaty defined an outer boundary of 200 nautical miles, claimed by the United States for fisheries jurisdiction and by Mexico as an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Mex...
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This paper examines the environmental history of petroleum pipeline canals and their impact on wetland loss in Coastal Louisiana, and how politics and wetland science have shaped restoration efforts over time. Since the 1930s, Coastal Louisiana’s wetlands have provided America with abundant oil and gas resources. The expansion of this vital energy...
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". . . tells a dramatic story of imaginative businessmen and engineers who propelled Shell forward in the search for ways to locate and recover oil from the depths of the sea."-Southwestern Historical Quarterly "This book clarifies some of the concerns that are specific to a company like Shell and shows how information acquisition and processing pr...
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Offshore development is one of the most important but least analyzed chapters in the history of the petroleum industry, and the Gulf of Mexico is the most explored, drilled, and developed offshore petroleum province in the world. This essay examines offshore oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico, highlighting the importance of access and ho...
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SabinPaul. Crude Politics: The California Oil Market, 1900–1940. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. xx + 307 pp. ISBN 0-520-24198-3, $39.95 (cloth). - Volume 7 Issue 1 - Tyler Priest
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For the first time since the “limits to growth” debate of the 1970s, we hear serious talk about the prospect of the world running out of oil. In the United States, concerns about reducing dependence on foreign oil have incited debate over the viability of alternative energy sources versus the oil industry's search for new oil “frontiers.” The ranco...
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Technology and Culture 44.3 (2003) 622-623 The history of energy has so far been painted on a large canvas: Fossil fuels were essential to industrialization and have figured prominently in international politics, war, and diplomacy. Having depicted the great sweep of the petroleum and coal industries, historians are just beginning to fill in detail...
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Offshore is the big story in the history of the oil industry in the late twentieth century. From negligible production in 1947, the total production of offshore oil grew steadily to account for about 14 percent of world oil supply in 1974 and about 33 percent in 1996. Over the same period, worldwide natural gas production rose to around 228 billion...
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In this text, Aaron Forsberg presents an account of Japan's postwar economic resurgence in a world polarized by the Cold War. His interpretation highlights the many connections between Japan's economic revival and changes that occurred in the wider world during the 1950s. Drawing on a wealth of released American, British and Japanese archival recor...
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OlienRoger M. and OlienDiana Davids. Oil and Ideology: The Cultural Creation of the American Petroleum Industry. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2000. xviii + 305 pp. ISBN 0-8078-2523-9, $49.95 (cloth); ISBN 0-8078-4835-2, $18.95 (paper). - Volume 2 Issue 1 - Tyler Priest
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Typescript. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1996. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 604-646).

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This project is a multi-media website, https://dsps.lib.uiowa.edu/mars-deepwater-gulf/, devoted to documenting, analyzing, and displaying the history of this American energy asset and others in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico. The website features the following resources: • Two historical essays: “Shell Oil’s Deepwater Mission to Mars,” by Tyler Priest; and “The Shape of These Monsters: From Fixed to Floating Offshore Oil and Gas Production, 1976-2006,” by Joel Hewett. • A 30-year timeline of significant moments in the history of Shell’s greater Mars development. • A photo gallery of the Mars TLP and its people, equipment, and projects. • A video collection featuring the Mars, Ursa, and Olympus tension-leg platforms, along with many others in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico (more than 80 total). • A series of graphs that illustrate the evolution of deepwater projects and production in the Gulf of Mexico. • A series of Gulf of Mexico maps, including: an interactive ArcGIS Gulf of Mexico Map that displays Gulf of Mexico leases, platforms, pipelines, and boundaries; an interactive ArcGIS Deepwater Gulf of Mexico Story Map that highlights 17 major deepwater facilities; and an interactive ArcGIS Onshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure Map that displays onshore, lower-48 U.S. oil and gas infrastructure and its offshore connections. • A “Martian Stories” site for oral histories and personal recollections.