The Legislature is moving toward derailing a lawsuit filed by a New Orleans-area levee board filed against 97 energy companies for coastal damage. But lawmakers appear to be backing off action against similar litigation filed by Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.
The Advocate reports that Rep. Joel Robideaux sponsored a bill that would detail a way for local and parish governments to handle environmental cleanup disputes without going to court.
The bill met resistance from local government officials who worried courts might use the procedures to support the oil and gas industry's contention that local governments had no authority to file a lawsuit alleging noncompliance with a state-issued permit.
Robideaux has delayed bill hearings and says unless a compromise can be reached, he won't bring up the legislation this session.
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