BATON ROUGE, LA (March 3, 2017) — The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) and the Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA) released the following statements upon receiving notification that the United States Fifth District Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East’s (SLFPA-E) lawsuit against oil and gas companies alleging damages to coastal land.
“This ruling is a step in the right direction, but we have many more miles to cover,” said Don Briggs, President of LOGA. “Divisive and unnecessary lawsuits, like the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East’s and a multitude of other coastal lawsuits, are creating an unstable legal environment for the state and driving new oil and gas investments, jobs, and tax revenue into neighboring states. I applaud the court of appeals’ decision, and we will fight to see that similar coastal lawsuits follow the same course of action.”
“I was pleased to see the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals affirm the lower court’s decision to dismiss the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East’s ill-conceived lawsuit targeting the oil and gas industry for alleged coastal erosion”, said Chris John, President of LMOGA. “Our position remains validated by yet another court decision, further proving these allegations are baseless and without merit.”
In July of 2013, the Board of Commissioners of SLFPA-E filed a lawsuit in Louisiana state court against 97 exploration and production oil and gas companies. The lawsuit alleged that the oil and gas companies’ activities had damaged coastal lands and that they also “increased the risk of flooding due to storm surges and necessitated costly flood protection measures.” The district concluded that on all of the Board’s claims, none of the Board’s stated grounds for relief
constituted a claim under state law. The Board then appealed. On March 3rd, 2017 the United States Fifth District Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s dismissal of the Board’s claim.
Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, founded in 1923, is a trade association exclusively representing all sectors of the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico. LMOGA serves exploration and production, refining, transportation, marketing and mid-stream companies as well as other firms in the fields of law, engineering, environment, financing and government relations. LMOGA’s mission is to promote and represent the oil and gas industry operating in Louisiana and the Gulf of Mexico by extending representation of our members in the Louisiana Legislature, state and federal regulatory agencies, the Louisiana congressional delegation, the media and the general public. Find out more information at: http://www.lmoga.com