Future of 'Big Oil' suit at stake as panel meets
NEW ORLEANS - It will be next month before Gov. Bobby Jindal will likely get a chance to change the membership of a south Louisiana flood board that's suing dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.
The panel that nominates members for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East discussed plans to fill two expired terms Thursday. But members said a vote cannot legally take place until September. That also gives the panel time to consider an applicant who filed after the deadline.
One of the expired terms is that of Paul Kemp, a supporter of the lawsuit, which Jindal opposes.
Kemp has applied for another term. However, even if he is re-nominated, Jindal would likely seek to replace him with a lawsuit opponent.
Kemp continues to serve until a successor is named.