Flood board to decide on 'Big Oil' lawsuit appeal
NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans flood protection board is preparing for a vote on whether to continue to appeal the dismissal of a coastal erosion lawsuit against oil, gas and pipeline companies.
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed suit in 2013.
It sought damages over the loss of coastal wetlands that help protect New Orleans from hurricanes.
A federal judge recently ruled that the board had no legal standing to bring the suit and that the energy companies had no legal duty to protect the board from the effects of coastal erosion.
According to an agenda's meeting, Monday afternoon's vote will be on whether to override the board president's decision to proceed with an appeal.