For Immediate Release July 30, 2013
For more information contact Anne Rolfes, 504.452.4909
When: Tuesday, July 30th, 10:30 am; Where: 421 Loyola Ave at Poydras - in front of Civil District Court
(New Orleans) Nine groups today are publicly supporting the Southeast Flood Protection Authority’s law suit to force oil, gas and pipeline companies to pay for their destruction of the Louisiana coast. The momentum for the law suit stems from concerns about flood protection. “Throughout the 20th century, the oil, gas and pipeline companies could have significantly limited the damage their activities caused to Louisiana’s natural infrastructure - its hurricane–buffering wetlands,” said Sandy Rosenthal, Founder and Director of levees.org.
The oil, gas and pipeline industries have long acknowledged thattheir non-remediated navigation channels and pipeline canals have significantly destroyed Louisiana’s natural coastal protection fromhurricane storm surge. The cost to Louisiana residents includes:
The estimated cost for the Master Plan to rebuild the Louisiana coast is $50 billion. The oil industry has long been seen as a logical source of funding given the industry’s culpability in coastal loss. Wetlands scientists have shown that at least 36% of the unprecedented wetlands loss Louisiana experiences has been caused by the oil companies.
Though the state has created the Master Plan, there is no funding for it beyond fines paid by BP for its 2010 disaster. These fines will not cover the cost, and the future of coastal restoration hangs in the balance.
The groups today are urging everyone to sign an online petition asking Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to support the lawsuit. The petition can be accessed at www.labucketbrigade.org
The oil companies named in the law suit earn billions of dollars annually. One of the named defendants in the suit, ExxonMobil, earned over $40 billion in 2012.