The immediate fate of the lawsuit filed against almost 100 oil and gas companies by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will likely be determined on Thursday, Dec. 5. A special meeting has been called to consider whether to continue with the lawsuit, which alleges that the oil and gas companies' dredging and canal and pipeline operations are responsible for the injury and destruction of the state's coastal areas.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has made no qualms about how he and his administration feel about the lawsuit. The governor is strongly opposed to it and has taken some rather strong moves to prevent the lawsuit from moving forward. First, the governor recently replaced three members of the SLFPA-E's board with nominees who are likely against the lawsuit. One appointee brought the motion for consideration before a meeting on Nov. 21. There was no vote by the board during that meeting, as there has been no report yet from the legislative auditor as to the validity of the contract that was signed with a law firm that is handling the lawsuit.