Lawsuit supporters say more scholars call for veto
NEW ORLEANS - Opponents of a bill that would squelch a levee board's environmental lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies say they now have more than 70 legal scholars who say the bill also threatens state and local litigation over the 2010 BP lawsuit.
The levee board lawsuit says drilling and dredging by oil, gas and pipeline interests is responsible for much of the erosion of wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes. Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes the suit and supports the bill to kill it. But he has held off on signing it amid questions from legal experts who say it was so broadly written it could affect lawsuits arising from the BP disaster.
Jindal's chief lawyer disagrees with that assessment. Jindal has until June 22 to decide whether to veto the measure. If he does nothing, the bill will still become law without his signature.