LA Governor Putting 'Unprecedented' Pressure on Local Governments to Sue Local Industry, Says State Business Leader

September 27, 2016

Louisiana Association of Business & Industry President Stephen Waguespack writes in The Hayride that the Louisiana governor has urged several local parishes to file lawsuits against oil and gas companies “or get out of the way.”

“The Governor explained that the state has intervened in lawsuits filed by Plaquemines, Jefferson, Vermillion and Cameron parishes in the hopes of landing a big payday from the industry in the name of coastal restoration,” writes Waguespack. “It goes on to say that a few hand-selected attorneys hired by the Governor – at taxpayer expense – many with direct ties to his campaign last year – have told him that the parishes receiving this letter were ripe to join in the lawsuit.”

Waguespack warns that, “This template of state government forcing local government to sue local industry and blame them for large societal challenges is unprecedented, and it is sure to send shock waves across the country.”