Battle shaping up over 'Big Oil' lawsuit bill
NEW ORLEANS - Backers of a lawsuit against oil and gas companies in Louisiana are planning to fight legislation that changes how flood protection board members are chosen.
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit over the erosion of coastal wetlands, blaming the oil and gas industry.
Senate Bill 79, pre-filed by Senator Robert Adley, would allow the Governor to reject independent committee nominations for membership on the flood protection authority.
Governor Bobby Jindal has been critical of the lawsuit.
The advocacy group Levees.Org, formed to call attention to levee failures during Hurricane Katrina, announced their opposition to Senate Bill 79 at a news conference on Thursday.
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