97 Louisiana Oil & Gas Companies Sued

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) – “No bones about it, this is all about money.” That’s what Louisiana Oil and Gas Association Vice President Gifford Briggs is saying after 97 oil and gas companies were hit with a lawsuit.

“We’re going to defend that case all the way through,” he added.

The Southeast Flood Protection Authority-East is suing for alleged damages to wetlands. But LOGA is saying the Flood Protection Authority is in the wrong.

“With potentially billions of dollars going to the attorneys instead of to coastal restoration efforts. Are such contingency fees legal?” said another member.

The Attorney General and District Court Judge say yes, they are legal. But LOGA doesn’t think so, and they’re fighting back. “It is our full intention that we appeal the decision to the first circuit and continue going forward,” said Briggs.

With nearly 400 related lawsuits in the state alone–he says it’s keeping investors from setting up shop here. But some people are leaving with some unanswered questions.

“You don’t really want to soil the nest in which you live,” said Kathy Wiscom with the Louisiana Environmental Action and Network. “The discussion today was all about the economic impact to the oil and gas companies, but nothing about the cleanup.”

But LOGA sees things a little differently. “We have a strong commitment to the state of Louisiana, to the environment, to coastal Louisiana,” stated Briggs.

“I think it’s only fair that the oil and gas companies should restore the areas from which they have made a good living and a good profit and benefited from,” said Wiscom.

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  • Teresa Wilcox

    I don’t expect Don Briggs (LOGA) or Steven Waguespack (LABI) to lobby for my rights. Those organizations represent industry and as they have publically stated, they will fight for what is financially best for their industries. They are NOT employee representation organizations or worker unions. They will NEVER fight for your right to be safe on the job, at home or in your communities. That is not a bad thing. It is just that WE are NOT what their organizations represent. But, our legislators have sworn oaths to protect OUR constitution and rights, to uphold OUR laws, to represent OUR voices and to represent OUR interests. I blame their corruption for the problems that plague Louisiana but, I do not blame them solely. The citizens of Louisiana are accomplices. We allow industry lobbyists to bribe them. Those who aren’t easily bribed are bullied or eliminated. Our legislators need us to be INVOLVED. Here is an excellent article that demonstrates the sort of fighting Briggs is talking about…the type of battle our legislators face every day and why we have to get in there and help our reps out! http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2014/04/07/140

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