FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2013
Contact: Gifford Briggs
Louisiana Oil & Gas Assoc. (LOGA)
LOGA Response to Plaquemines and Jefferson Parish Lawsuits
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Baton Rouge, LA-Today, Plaquemines and Jefferson Parish have filed a combined 27 lawsuits against multiple defendant companies from the Louisiana oil and gas industry citing alleged violation of the terms of their leases and drilling permits, thus causing substantial damage to land and waterbodies.
LOGA President Don Briggs stated, “These suits are more of the same. Extort as much money from the oil and gas industry as possible, thus lining the pockets of a small group of trial lawyers. Plaquemines and Jefferson Parish are simply following the precedence set by the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPAE). While the representing plaintiff attorneys have been quoted as saying that this is not about ‘monetary damages, but rather remedies’, I am not certain that anyone actually believes that.”
Briggs continued by saying, “Whether it is Legacy Lawsuits, the BP claims, the SLFPAE suit or now these ridiculous claims by Plaquemines and Jefferson Parish, the idea remains the same: drain as much money from the oil and gas industry as possible. Again, it is necessary to note that the same legal firm that is representing these two parishes is the exact firm that is representing the majority of the legacy lawsuits that our industry has been facing for 10 years.”
Briggs finished by stating, “These trial lawyers are doing a fantastic job of stifling the industry and turning Louisiana into the next California.”
LOGA was organized in 1992 to represent the Independent and service sectors of the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; this representation includes exploration, production and oilfield services. The primary goal is to provide the oil and gas industry with a working environment that will enhance the industry. Don Briggs has served as the LOGA president since it’s founding.
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