Over the last seven months, three New Orleans-area law firms spent thousands of hours researching how to do something that many have talked about, but never tried — hold oil and gas companies accountable for increasing the flood risk to the metro area by destroying coastal wetlands.
In the end, the lawyers settled on a centuries-old legal concept. But they know the success of that choice will depend on the science supporting it.
This story was originally published by The Lens (thelensnola.org), an independent, nonprofit newsroom serving New Orleans.
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