Future of lawsuits against oil and gas firms in doubt as survey shows strong support for industry

Louisiana lawmakers and business leaders frequently lament the fact that the state continues to fall further behind Texas in oil production, even as the U.S. as a whole has surged to become the world’s largest petroleum producer.

The oil and gas industry has often pointed to Louisiana’s legal and regulatory climate as a prime reason for the state’s decline.

One of the potential obstacles to oil production has been a series of lawsuits filed by various coastal parishes against the oil industry over coastal erosion – lawsuits that have been supported and encouraged by the administration of Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards…

 

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