Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has directed the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources to intervene in 39 lawsuits filed by three parishes against numerous energy companies, alleging damage to coastal wetlands by pipeline and other energy infrastructure/activities (see Daily GPI, Nov. 13, 2015; July 25, 2013). Plaquemines, Jefferson and Cameron are the parishes that are suing. Last month the state’s attorney general announced his office’s intervention in the lawsuits (see Daily GPI, March 16). “This intervention would ensure that the interests of the state of Louisiana are fully protected and that any money recovered in these suits will be spent on coastal restoration,” Edwards said. “The administration’s participation means that all of the coastal stakeholders are now at the table, and I look forward to working with the attorney general and the parishes to bring this matter to a resolution.”
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