The East Bank levee board’s lawsuit accusing nearly 100 oil and gas companies of destroying coastal wetlands, and the political controversy surrounding it, will be discussed at a forum Wednesday night in New Orleans.
The event, hosted by the Independent Women’s Organization and the Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission, will focus on both the scientific and legal aspects of the case, according to a news release.
The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Basin Street Station, 501 Basin St.
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority—East filed the suit this year, arguing that damage from dredging and pipelines had exacerbated coastal erosion, increasing the danger of catastrophic storm surges hitting the flood protection system around the New Orleans area.
Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration has attacked the suit, arguing the flood protection authority is interfering with other coastal restoration efforts and lacked the authority to file the suit. The conflict has led the administration to pledge not to reappoint members of the authority whose terms have expired and caused lawmakers to suggest they would file legislation next year that would negate the lawsuit.
The event will be hosted by John Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.