Bill to derail parish 'big oil' lawsuits stalls
BATON ROUGE - A new website is aimed at refuting arguments being made by supporters of legislation that could scuttle a New Orleans-based flood board's lawsuit against the oil and gas industry.
The website was announced in a news conference Wednesday by a member of the law firm hired to file the suit by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The lawsuit seeks damages from oil, gas and pipeline companies over loss of coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes.
Bills aimed at derailing the lawsuit are moving through the Legislature. However, lawmakers appear to be backing away from measures that could stop similar lawsuits filed by the coastal parishes of Plaquemines and Jefferson.