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Levee authority divided over future of suit against oil

4 years 4 weeks 1 day ago Thursday, February 19 2015 Feb 19, 2015 February 19, 2015 2:42 PM February 19, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Cain Burdeau

NEW ORLEANS - A board of commissioners is in disagreement about whether to forge on with its high-stakes legal fight over wetlands damage by oil companies or drop their suit.

Last Friday, U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown dismissed the suit by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Her dismissal was a blow to those who believe oil companies need to be held more responsible for damage to Louisiana's coast.

Brown ruled that the authority had no legal standing to bring the suit.

Since the suit was filed in July 2013 - originally in state court - it has sparked a series of legal and political maneuvers.

At a board meeting Thursday the board showed clear division among its members about whether to file an appeal to the 5th U.S. Court of Appeals.

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