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Louisiana Crude (1988)

Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow



Genre: Documentary

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1988-05-6

Duration: 00:26:52

Subjects: Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) | Scientific research | Science | Technology | Energy | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | Geochemistry | Computer simulation | Enhanced oil recovery | Oil wells -- Blowouts | Artificial reefs


  • Campanella, Joseph Narrator
  • Snyder, Karen Producer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Sassen, Roger Interviewee
  • Roberts, Harry Interviewee
  • Hart, George Interviewee
  • Bourgoyne, Ted Interviewee
  • Desbrandes, Robert Interviewee
  • Wojtanowicz, Andrzej Interviewee
  • Monger, Teresa Interviewee
  • Bassiouni, Zaki Interviewee
  • Van Sickle, Virginia Interviewee
  • Wilson, Chuck Interviewee


This episode of the series “Master Minds: LSU Shaping Tomorrow” from May 6, 1988, features geologists and petroleum engineers from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge discussing their development of new technologies for oil and natural gas exploration and production. It includes interviews with: Dr. Roger Sassen of the Basin Research Institute on using geochemistry to find previously undiscovered reserves of oil and natural gas; Dr. Harry Roberts of the Coastal Studies Institute on using his research into the Mississippi River delta to predict the make-up of the subsurface environment; Dr. George Hart on his creation of computer models of the subsurface using well log data; Dr. Ted Bourgoyne on his research into blow-out prevention; Dr. Robert Desbrandes on his work on increasing the data rate of electric well logs; Dr. Andrzej Wojtanowicz on the development of a dewatering process to reduce the volume of waste pits created during oil drilling; Dr. Teresa Monger on using carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery; Dr. Zaki Bassiouni on managing gas reservoirs; and Virginia Van Sickle of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Dr. Chuck Wilson of the Coastal Fisheries Institute on the Rigs to Reef program, which will use abandoned oil rigs as artificial reefs in the Gulf of Mexico. Narrator: Joseph Campanella