House supports bill to nullify levee board lawsuit
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has voted with the oil and gas industry, supporting a bill that seeks to void a lawsuit filed by a New Orleans area levee board against the industry.
With the 59-39 House vote Thursday, the proposal moves one step from passage. The Senate-backed bill must return to the Senate for consideration of changes that solidify the bill's intent to kill the lawsuit.
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed a lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies, alleging their drilling activities damaged Louisiana's coast.
Lawsuit supporters say the industry hasn't sufficiently been held accountable for its damage, while critics call it an attack on a valuable industry and say the board didn't have authority to file suit.