St. Bernard wetlands suit against oil industry returned to state court
A wetlands damage lawsuit filed against oil and gas companies by St. Bernard Parish and state officials can be heard in a state court, a federal judge in New Orleans has ruled. In addition, a federal magistrate judge in Lafayette recommended that a similar wetlands damage suit filed against oil and gas companies by Vermilion Parish and state officials also should be heard in state court.
U.S.District Judge Carl Barbier‘s July 7 ruling in the St. Bernard case immediately returned the case to the 34th Judicial District Court in Chalmette. In contrast, the June 30 recommendation by Magistrate Judge Carol Whitehurst to return the Vermilion suit to the 15th Judicial District Court in Abbeville must still be affirmed by U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick.”
“Over the course of this litigation there will be many decisions by numerous judges on both the state and federal level,” said Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association. “We will continue to fight to put an end to these abusive and unnecessary lawsuits, which may take decades to defeat”…