Governor: Lawsuit against oil companies is a ‘trial lawyer windfall’

By Kevin McGill and Michael Kunzelman
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says a lawsuit filed by a flood protection board against dozens of oil, gas and pipeline companies is a “trial lawyer windfall.”

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East filed the suit in state court in New Orleans Wednesday.

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The lawsuit says oil and gas companies have caused the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of coastal wetlands by digging and dredging oil and gas pipeline canals; and that the loss of the wetlands increased flood dangers.

Jindal’s office issued a statement saying the governor demands that the lawsuit be pulled. Jindal questions the legality of the board’s contract with its lawyers, and says the board is improperly taking over the state’s role in coastal policy.