By TONI ELLINGTON
The Louisiana Senate has approved Senate Bill 667, previously addressed in this blog, which will impact both current and future lawsuits filed by property owners for environmental damage to their properties from historic oil and gas operations. Senate Bill 667 has been sent to Governor Bobby Jindal for signature.
If signed, SB667 allows a responsible party to admit to limited liability and begin cleanup of the property once the Department of Natural Resources has approved a cleanup plan. The bill also better defines and limits what may be termed as “contamination,” clarifies when damages may be awarded for specific claims, and limits the amounts of those damages.
The amendments to the law from SB667 will apply to current legacy lawsuits which have not yet been set for trial.
For questions or additional information, contact Toni Ellington at 504-599-8500.