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Louisiana Oil and Gas Producers Being Sued by Vermilion Parish

Six Louisiana parishes are now suing oil and gas companies for allegedly damaging coastal wetlands. Vermilion Parish is the latest to sue, with the lawsuit targeting 45 companies.

There is concern among industry leaders and coastal residents that the mounting lawsuits will have a negative economic and environmental impact across the state.

The oil and gas industry has invested billions of dollars in infrastructure, employment and environmental restoration projects across the coastal region, but the lawsuits say that companies are failing to restore affected areas to their original condition, as required by state environmental law.

The Vermilion Parish lawsuit further claims that companies failed to comply with and obtain required permits.

The president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is encouraging coastal residents, including oil and gas workers, to oppose the lawsuits, saying the high legal costs "divert critical time and resources away from the industry's ongoing support of coastal restoration efforts."

These complicated legal issues continue to weigh on Louisianans.

In March 2016 alone, Louisiana's Attorney General Jeff Landry intervened in 39 lawsuits against hundreds of energy companies. The state constitution allows the AG to intervene in such cases if doing so is in the best interests of the state.

At that time, AG Jeff Landry had this to say: "The people of Louisiana are facing some very difficult challenges. Our state government is grappling with budget issues, our industries are struggling to create jobs and our coastline is washing away. These tribulations require enormous public policy decisions. It is critical that these issues are resolved with the best interests of the constituents in mind."

The AG called for a balance of the undeniable benefits of the oil and gas industry and the ongoing coastal crisis.

At Schexnaydre Law Firm, we are extensively involved in the oil and natural gas industry in South Louisiana, as well as in East Texas and West Texas. We understand the issues and the risks involved, and we provide our clients with practical, cost-effective legal solutions, as well as high-quality litigation support.

If you have questions or concerns regarding these matters, please see our overview of oil and gas law.

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