Levee Board Lawsuit May Be Decided By Committee Selections

Aug 28, 2014

The future of the levee board lawsuit aimed at the oil and gas industry could be determined on Thursday.

The committee that nominates members for the south Louisiana flood control authority has two vacancies to fill.

The people it nominates could provide Governor Bobby Jindal with the votes he needs to kill a lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.

At today’s meeting, the nominating committee is expected to consider applicants to fill the expired term of Paul Kemp on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.

Kemp supports the authority's lawsuit aimed at making the oil industry pay for coastal restoration work in areas where companies drilled and dredged.

He has applied for another term on the board.

Today’s meeting could determine whether the governor will have an alternative choice who could end the flood authority's current 5-4 majority in favor of the suit.