On behalf of Rock Palermo of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC posted in Oil and Gas on September 18, 2013.
In a recent interview, former south Louisiana resident, Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore, stated that, "I don't do politics, but I do believe in environmental justice." Honore's comment followed reports of his support for Louisiana's flood control board's lawsuit against the oil and gas companies who are believed are responsible for the continued deterioration of the state's wetlands.
Honore gained fame with his involvement in "restoring order" to hurricane battered New Orleans following the devastation of Katrina in 2005. He retired from the military in 2008 and now devotes his time working as a consultant for emergency preparedness issues.
Honore, along with other environmental advocacy groups, believe that the government isn’t holding the companies, who they believe are to blame for the state’s growing post-Katrina environmental problems, responsible for their involvement. They believe that their only recourse is to seek justice through the court system.
Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPAE) filed a lawsuit earlier this year against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies. The case has since been moved to federal court.
Opponents of SLFPAE’s efforts believe that the group has over-stepped its authority and will reportedly now seek support from the state government to alter the board’s membership. It is the belief of many, including Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, that the lawsuit will undermine the state’s efforts to protect the coastal region.
Protecting our environment against big business ventures is one way that many individuals and groups believe we can preserve the precious resources of our state. If you believe that your environment is being negatively impacted by hazardous waste, toxins or pollution, it is important to have your voice heard by those who can help you make a difference.
Source: Insurance Journal, "Honore Backs Louisiana Lawsuit Against Oil Companies," Kevin McGill, Sept. 11, 2013
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