Covering Louisiana

Aug 28, 2014 6:11 AM by AP

Future of 'Big Oil' suit at stake as panel meets

The committee that nominates members for a south Louisiana flood control authority has two vacancies to fill and the people it nominates to fill them could provide Gov. Bobby Jindal with the votes to kill a lawsuit against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies.

At a Thursday 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.

Kemp has applied for another term on the board. Thursday'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.

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