After years of decline for onshore drilling, oil and gas producers are working to boost onshore production of oil, a welcome change in comparison to last year when oil and gas companies were under fire for alleged coastal erosion.
Following the recent elections, the Plaquemines Parish Council, which at one time appeared to be willing to end its involvement in coastal lawsuits against the state's energy industry, now seems to have even more support for continuing the litigation.
The Center for Constitutional Rights is suing the owners of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in the Atchafalaya Basin claiming that Energy Transfer Partners violated constitutional law by using the land without consent from the landowners.
The Plaquemines Parish Council's vote to withdraw from a set of coastal lawsuits against the oil and gas companies fell one vote shy of passage, a result that pleased Councilman John Barthelemy from District 1.
The Plaquemines Parish Council's recent vote on whether to withdraw from a series of coastal lawsuits filed against the oil and gas industries did not garner enough votes to bow out of the lawsuits, but it did send a message regarding the suits.
The Plaquemines Parish Council recently voted on whether to withdraw from a series of coastal lawsuits against the gas and oil industries, an issue that has left leaders and organizations at odds, with some groups pushing for additional litigation against the energy industries and others committing to fight until the lawsuits stop altogether.
After the Plaquemines Parish Council voted 4-3 on a measure to withdraw from a coastal lawsuit that threatens the oil and gas industry, Gifford Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) published a response to the vote titled "Changing the Trajectory."
Plaquemines Parish government has allowed plaintiff attorneys to file suit on its behalf for coastal erosion against a number of oil, gas and pipeline companies in the state, alleging they have been contributors to coastal erosion, but Louisianans are not necessarily backing the initiative.
Plaquemines Parish government has allowed plaintiff attorneys to file suit on its behalf for coastal erosion against a number of oil, gas and pipeline companies, but locals in the parish are overwhelmingly opposed to the lawsuit.