Governor Seeks Role In Lawsuits Against Oil, Gas Companies

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Edwards administration has joined the state attorney general in getting involved in lawsuits filed against oil and gas activities over damage to coastal wetlands.

         On Thursday, Gov. John Bel Edwards said the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is seeking to intervene in lawsuits filed by Plaquemines, Jefferson, and Cameron parishes against oil and gas companies.

         Last month, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry moved to take over the suits.

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         Edwards wants to make sure Louisiana is involved so the state will get money resulting from the suits if they are successful. Edwards says he wants to "bring this matter to a resolution."

         The suits seek compensation for alleged violations of coastal permits and widespread coastal damage and pollution caused by drilling and related activity.


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