Outrageous: Louisiana’s Republican Governor Signs Bill Blocking Lawsuits Against Oil and Gas Companies

June 7, 2014 at 1:16 PM 7 comments

Wow, what hutzpah and what a huge middle finger to all the people, animals, sea creatures and land damaged or destroyed by British Petroleum (BP) and oil companies past, present and future.  Talk about a corporatocracy.  This is just sickening. Talk about outrage overload:

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Rejecting the advice of his own attorney general and dozens of legal scholars, Louisiana governor and potential presidential contender Bobby Jindal effectively blocked a New Orleans-area levee board from suing oil and gas companies for allegedly destroying the state’s coasts – and in so doing, may have also derailed state and local claims against BP for damages and tax revenue lost following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.


Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, was also quoted in the statement distributed by the governor’s office, hailing the measure as a “huge victory for the oil and gas industry.”

The law, SB 469, essentially bars a levee district in New Orleans’ East Bank – the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, or SLFPA-E – from pressing forward in its lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies, which it blames for exposing New Orleans to catastrophic damage from hurricanes Rita and Katrina by cutting thousands of miles of pipes and canals through sensitive barrier islands and wetlands that otherwise would have protected the coastal city.

The lawsuit, filed last summer, sought to force energy companies to restore the wetlands, fill in the canals, and pay for past damages.

“We are looking to the industry to fix the part of the problem that they created,” SLFPA-E vice president John Barry told the Times-Picayune last year. “We’re not asking them to fix everything. We only want them to address the part of the problem that they created.”


Impeach the bastard for crimes against humanity and nature.  Not only that, what, he wants to use taxpayer dollars to clean-up BP’s mess?  What, he probably doesn’t care about clean-up at all.

Everyone in the country, er, the world needs to know about this.  This is what politicians who are owned by oil and gas companies do.




Entry filed under: BP / Gulf Oil Disaster, Corporatocracy, Energy, Nature, Outrage Overload, Republicans, Including Wingers & "Moderates", The Environment, Weather, Etc., We the People.

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. coconutspeak  |  June 7, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Who knew Louisiana’s governor moonlights as a corporate whore!

  • 2. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 7, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    No kidding. So much for representing We the People heh? I guess that’s old fashioned.

  • 3. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Er, old fashion.

  • 4. coconutspeak  |  June 7, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Where’s the EPA on all this? Or are they corporate shores too?

  • 5. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 7, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    I think they’re corporate whores too, at least given what I’ve been reading of late.

  • 6. coconutspeak  |  June 7, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Don’t you just love the continuity of corruption? Maybe I should move to some remote planet that has WiFi..

  • 7. Say It Ain't So Already  |  June 7, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I’m caught between wanting to do that and wanting to turn WiFi off altogether…you know, taking my head off and setting it down. There’s a fight within me about wanting to know what’s going on and not. Sometimes I just can’t take the knowing what’s going on part.

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