Uncovering documents and records can help reconstruct an appropriate historical context in which to frame current legal, social, and political issues. As an consulting expert, Jason Theriot has conducted litigation support services for many clients and firms, primarily in the area of oil and gas and environmental issues. Work in this specialized field involves identification, retrieval, and careful analysis of a wide variety of historical sources, some of which are found in public archives, special collections, state agencies, legislative records, libraries, museums, and private collections. Locating these often hard-to-find materials and gauging their usefulness to the subject matter requires effective planning, seasoned research skills, and careful evaluation and dissemination of the content.
Theriot’s first academic book, American Energy, Imperiled Coast: Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana Wetlands (LSU Press, 2014) focused on the historical growth of the pipeline infrastructure along coastal Louisiana and the controversy surrounding the environmental impacts associated with dredging oilfield canals and land loss. In 2015, he was featured in a documentary film (see clip below) on the Louisiana coastal crisis and talked at length about the energy and environmental dilemma in Louisiana. His more recent work “Oilfield Battleground: Louisiana’s Legacy Lawsuits in Historical Perspective,” published in 2016 in the Journal of the Louisiana Historical Association, grappled with the longstanding and still unresolved issues dealing with environmental pollution from historical oilfield operations in Louisiana. [Click here for article]