By TONI ELLINGTON
Gifford Briggs, vice president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, reported on May 1, 2014 that an amendment to Senate Bill 469 (“S.B. 469”) was being worked out. If approved, the amended Bill would serve to eliminate the lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority against ninety-seven energy industry companies for unrepaired damage to the state’s coastal region from oil and gas operations.
The amendment to S.B. 469 focuses on limiting the governmental entities that can bring legal claims related to the coastal zones. Under the amendment, only the State, the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, the Attorney General and parish governments with a coast management plans could bring such a lawsuit. It is not likely that as amended, Senate Bill 469 would disrupt similar lawsuits filed by parish governments.
For updates or further questions, contact Toni J. Ellington, Esq. at (504) 599-8500.