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Dozens of Lawsuits Target Louisiana Oil and Gas Producers

Multiple administrative remedies exist to address environmental concerns in Louisiana's oil and gas industry. That means, instead of filing a costly lawsuit and taking a case to trial, parish and state officials can use administrative processes to resolve matters.

That was the finding in early August, when 24th Judicial District Court Judge Stephen Enright dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed on behalf of Jefferson Parish.

Still, dozens of Louisiana oil and gas operators are being targeted in lawsuits alleging violations of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act.

The lawsuits claim that oil and gas producers are allowing erosion to deteriorate Louisiana's coastline, and there is serious concern that these legal troubles will cause drillers to leave the state, resulting in millions of dollars in losses.

In one of our recent posts, we discussed how Louisiana's Attorney General Jeff Landry has intervened in dozens of lawsuits against energy companies. He called for a balanced approach to addressing environmental concerns and retaining the many benefits of the oil and gas industry.

The AG has the right to intervene in such cases if doing so is in the state's best interests.

Few people will deny that environmental issues arise in the oil and gas industry. There is conflict, however, over how to address these matters appropriately to protect the interests of all stakeholders, including oil and gas companies, workers in the industry, and other parties whose livelihood directly or indirectly depends on oil and gas.

In an extremely complex regulatory environment, experienced legal counsel is required to reach a favorable outcome. For more on these matters, please see Schexnaydre Law Firm's overview of oil and gas law.

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