Covering Louisiana

Aug 15, 2013 6:11 PM by AP

Flood board votes to continue oil & gas lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A Louisiana flood control board has declined to withdraw its lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal erosion, but is also raising the possibility that it might suspend activity on the suit.

The decision to continue the suit was approved unanimously Thursday by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East. The board then approved a motion stating the authority would consider a 45-day suspension of work to advance the suit while discussing the issues with the state.

Gov. Bobby Jindal and his coastal protection chief have strongly opposed the lawsuit which seeks damages over loss of coastal wetlands that provide a natural buffer from storms. It says dredging for canals and pipelines have contributed greatly to wetlands loss.

It was uncertain when a decision on a suspension would be made.

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