Move to end Plaquemines’ coastal erosion lawsuits against oil and gas companies falls a vote short

The Plaquemines Parish Council fell one vote short Thursday of canceling lawsuits it filed several years ago accusing oil and gas companies of widespread damage to wetlands in the parish that exacerbated coastal erosion.

“The people have spoken, and it’s jobs over lawsuits,” LOGA President Gifford Briggs said in a news release. “This is just the beginning. We will continue to fight parish by parish to build a better Louisiana and create an environment that welcomes future investment.”

When it came time to vote on Thursday, opponents of the suits actually came out on top 4-3. But with Councilman Beau Black and Councilwoman Nicole Smith Williams abstaining because of their connections to the energy industry, the resolution fell a vote shy of having the five votes on the nine-member council needed to take effect…

 

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