The official, Governor-appointed board which manages the levees and storm protection system for New Orleans has filed a lawsuit against nearly 100 oil and gas companies which have been linked to the destruction of wetlands between New Orleans and the Gulf.
This is an historic step, because while scientists have shown that at least 36% of Louisiana's catastrophic wetlands loss was caused by the oil and gas industry, no state leaders have ever held them accountable. Louisiana is losing an average of a football field worth of wetlands every hour, so this is a critical effort to bring some of the wealthiest corporations in the world to the table and make them fix what they have destroyed.
Unfortunately Governor Jindal strongly opposes the lawsuit. These wetlands make up important coastal lines of defense which help protect our communities, and can help buffer New Orleans' flood protection system. This is a critical issue, and only getting more urgent as sea levels and flood insurance rates are rising!
Join with us today, and urge the Governor to change his position, and side with the people, not the oil and gas companies that have destroyed Louisiana's coast.
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