Oil and gas lawsuits likely to move forward under newly elected Plaquemines Parish council

Plaquemines Parish voters on Tuesday elected a council that appears to support moving forward with lawsuits that blame oil and gas companies for eroding the parish’s coastline and polluting its coastal waters.

The Parish Council originally authorized the lawsuits in 2013, but oil and gas interests persuaded members to stop them two years later — only to have the council reverse itself once again in 2016 and reinstate the lawsuits.

Oil and gas lobbyists pushed the nine-member council once again on Oct. 11 to kill the suits, but failed. That effort needed five votes but gained only a 4-3 majority, with two abstentions…


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