Oil and gas lawsuits lead to loss of Bassmaster tournaments for Louisiana

Bass Angler Sportsman Society will no longer hold Bassmaster tournaments in coastal Louisiana as a result of the uncertainty surrounding coastal lawsuits against the oil and gas industry, The Washington Times reports.

In the years after trial lawyers won billions from BP for the Deepwater Horizon disaster, private landowners and oil and gas industry players have begun closing access to more and more of the intricate waterways along the coast for fear of getting caught up in a lawsuit.

Fed up with trying to navigate the increasingly complicated network of fishable or banned water, BASS has given up on holding tournaments in Louisiana.
“For the foreseeable future, we can’t have a level playing field there because of the access problems,” says BASS Conservation Director Gene Gilliland…

 

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