Groups protest Jindal opposition to oil and gas lawsuit
NEW ORLEANS - Environmental and pubic interest groups are lashing out at Governor Jindal over his opposition to a lawsuit against oil and gas companies.
The lawsuit was filed last month by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, saying oil and gas activity contributed to the erosion of the wetlands protecting the coast.
Governor Jindal says the lawsuit undermines state coastal protection efforts.
On Wednesday, groups including the League of Women Voters, Levees.Org and the Sierra Club held a news conference to support the lawsuit.
The groups say contributions from the oil industry influenced Jindal's harsh criticism of the lawsuit.
Governor Jindal is in New Orleans today to address the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council.