Outside interests try to make coastal lawsuits main issue in Plaquemines Parish elections

Are officials doing enough to spray for mosquitoes, hold down flood insurance rates and cut grass along levees and highways? These are the questions that typically animate elections in Plaquemines Parish.

The decline in oil and gas exploration and production has hit the economies of Buras and Venice at the southern end of Plaquemines Parish especially hard.

Gifford Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, said that even though oil prices have recently reached $70 per barrel, investment in drilling is less than it was when prices were last at that level. That’s evidence the lawsuits are hurting Plaquemines, he said.


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