Battle Shaping Up Over 'Big Oil' Lawsuit Bill
Advocates of a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies over erosion of coastal wetlands are making plans to fight legislation they say could undermine the suit.
Among other things, the bill filed for this year's legislative session would ensure Gov. Bobby Jindal's power to reject an independent committee's nominations for membership on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. Jindal opposes the lawsuit filed by the SLFPA-E last year.
The advocacy group Levees.Org, a group that organized to call attention to levee failures during Hurricane Katrina, announced the plans at a news conference Thursday with members of the Sierra Club, the Gulf Restoration Network and Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
Senate Bill 79 can be seen at www.legis.state.la.us