Jindal Delays Signing Bill Blocking Big Oil Lawsuit

Jun 3, 2014

Governor Bobby Jindal.
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Governor Bobby Jindal has not yet signed legislation he supports that blocks a lawsuit filed against the oil and gas industry.

He’s waiting for a review by the state Attorney General, who wanted some time to review the bill.

At issue is whether it could affect lawsuits filed over the BP oil spill four years ago.

The bill blocks a lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The board wanted to force the industry to repair wetlands damaged by production.

The New Orleans Advocate is reporting that the courts will likely have the final say on that lawsuit.

Jindal has opposed the levee board’s effort, saying it was an attack on the industry and did not blend with the state’s coastal master plan.