NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A newly ousted member of a New Orleans-area flood protection board says he'll be working privately to develop political support for the board's lawsuit against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies.
"There will be an independent third-party entity formed that I will be associated with that will be working hard to see that this lawsuit has political support," author and historian John Barry said as he addressed Thursday's meeting of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.
Barry provided few details. The new organization is still being formed, he told reporters during a break in the meeting. He declined to identify others involved. He said he believes the group will make a priority of supporting the oil and gas lawsuit involving damage to the state's coastal wetlands. However, he added, he envisions it addressing other oil and gas industry environmental issues anywhere in the state.
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been as vocal in his opposition to the lawsuit as Barry has been in support of it. Jindal cannot remove members of the board but on Wednesday began doing what he could to change its membership. He named three new members to the board, replacing two whose terms had expired, including Barry, and another whose membership on the board had never been confirmed by the state Senate.
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