Lawyers for dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies are heading to federal court in New Orleans.
They will be making their case for dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a levee board.
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East sued the companies last year. The board says coastal drilling and dredging has contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands that protect New Orleans from hurricanes.
Today’s hearing is before U.S. District Judge Nanette Brown.
Letters are going out this week to residents and businesses in New Orleans, St. Bernard Parish and the east bank of Jefferson Parish notifying them they could receive payments ranging from $1 to $463 for flood damage during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The money is coming from a $20 million settlement reached in 2009 with the East Jefferson, Orleans and Lake Borgne Basin levee districts.