A month after Attorney General Jeff Landry authorized a $100 million settlement with an oil and gas company, a group of state senators are blocking a change in state law needed to carry it out.

The settlement is between Freeport-McMoRan and coastal parishes that have sued the company alleging that its exploration and drilling activities decades ago have caused coastal loss. Read more...

(The Center Square) – A Louisiana Senate committee advanced legislation Wednesday that supporters said would ensure money collected for violations of coastal permits is dedicated to coastal restoration and protection.


An attorney for parishes that are suing oil companies over alleged environmental damage said the bill’s language could derail those lawsuits, though the bill’s author insisted that was not his intent. Read more...

Plaintiffs’ lawyers behind the coastal lawsuits are back at the State Capitol again this session. This time they are pushing legislation, SB233 by Sen. Rick Ward, R-Plaquemine, and HB569 by Rep. Tim Kerner, R-Jefferson, which seek to reconfigure Louisiana’s entire coastal program in order to settle meritless lawsuits with one defendant company. We strongly oppose the bills and hope lawmakers will too. Read more...

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