The Louisiana Oil and Gas Association was back in a Baton Rouge courtroom today trying to kill an environmental lawsuit brought against the energy industry by the local flood protection authority. The levee authority’s lawsuit is the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
NEW ORLEANS -- We’ve all heard the old saying, “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” That wisdom has even been quoted by the U.S. Supreme Court.
I cite that because the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association is in court this week hoping to kill a historic lawsuit against 97 energy companies. That suit was filed by the local flood protection authority, and the oil-and-gas industry is clearly scared to death of it.
With help from Gov. Bobby Jindal and others, the energy industry also plans to get state lawmakers to kill the lawsuit retroactively.
I don’t have a problem with Big Oil defending itself vigorously in court. But I think it’s ironic that the energy industry also intends to use the Legislature to kill that lawsuit.
Either you believe in justice or you don’t. And once in court, either you have a case, or you don’t.
By the way, legislators should take note that a recent poll showed that more than 90 percent of voters in south Louisiana do NOT want them to kill the levee board lawsuit.
Apparently voters understand what that old saying means.