The parish suits differ from the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East suit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies. The Flood Protection Authority is seeking damages under state laws for wetlands loss that it claims has intensified the destructive effect of storm surge against the levee systems it is charged with maintaining. The parish suits seek compensation for site-specific damages under state law allowing parishes to regulate actions in their coastal zones.Under those terms, I don't know of any way Orleans could get in on this. There are "coastal zones" in Orleans Parish, but as far as I know (which is not very far) there hasn't been the kind of direct wetlands-damaging activity there that these lawsuits appear to be concerned with. I might be wrong about that, though.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
All da Parishes
St. Bernarnd is looking to join Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes in their lawsuits against the oil and gas industry.