Local parishes defy Louisiana governor, decline to file oil and gas lawsuits

September 23, 2016

Despite Governor John Bel Edwards’ pleas for local parishes to file lawsuits against the oil and gas industry over alleged wetlands damage, some parishes are refusing to do so, reports Houma Today.

“This is a money grab by a handful of trial attorneys who have one thing in mind. They think that they’ll make a lot of money, but what happens to Terrebonne and Lafourche? This is not going to get solved overnight,” said Terrebonne Parish President Gordy Dove.

Dove’s parish, along with LaFourche, have declined to file lawsuits. Earlier this week, Edwards said that if the parishes don’t file lawsuits, the state will step in and file lawsuits on their behalf.

The governor has come under fire for hiring political donors to serve as outside counsel in the oil and gas litigation.