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Flood board to decide on 'Big Oil' lawsuit appeal

4 years 9 months 4 days ago Monday, March 02 2015 Mar 2, 2015 March 02, 2015 11:40 AM March 02, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: APNewsNow

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans flood protection board is preparing for a vote on whether to continue to appeal the dismissal of a coastal erosion lawsuit against oil, gas and pipeline companies.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed suit in 2013.

It sought damages over the loss of coastal wetlands that help protect New Orleans from hurricanes.

A federal judge recently ruled that the board had no legal standing to bring the suit and that the energy companies had no legal duty to protect the board from the effects of coastal erosion.

According to an agenda's meeting, Monday afternoon's vote will be on whether to override the board president's decision to proceed with an appeal.

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