OPPOSING VIEWS: Foster Campbell: Coastal ruling lets oil companies off the hook, shows lack of concern
I’m very disappointed with the federal court decision letting major oil companies off the hook for damaging Louisiana’s coastal wetlands.
ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, British Petroleum and other companies may be happy that they again avoided liability for helping to erode our coastline, but the people concerned about this issue aren’t smiling.
Some politicians claim that Louisiana is better off for the ruling by the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopping the 2013 lawsuit by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, but the facts are not on their side. The oil industry’s own studies admit that decades of drilling, canal-dredging and other coastal activities caused a significant part of Louisiana’s disastrous loss of coastline, which continues to this day…