LA - Louisiana Lawmakers Consider Bill That Could Nullify Lawsuits Against Oil And Gas Companies

A bill working its way through the Louisiana legislature would hand more control of coastal issues to the state, and potentially nullify a handful of lawsuits against oil and gas companies.

Senate Bill 359 amends the Coastal Zone Management Act. It is sponsored by a handful of Republican legislators.

Director of the Tulane University Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy Mark Davis said the intention of the bill is to cancel lawsuits filed by seven parishes against hundreds of oil and gas companies.

“Clearly this legislation is aimed squarely at making these lawsuits harder to bring,” Davis said.

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