Political pressure continues to build on the local flood control board that is suing nearly 100 oil and gas companies over coastal land loss. And that’s 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 -- Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to quash the lawsuit filed against oil and gas companies by the local levee board. Part of his strategy is replacing board members whose terms have expired.
The lawsuit seeks to make the energy industry pay its share of the cost of repairing Louisiana’s vanishing coast. Oil and gas companies have been carving up our coast for about 80 years — and making billions in profits. They’ve also paid billions in taxes, and provided many thousands of jobs.
The lawsuit may or may not have merit, but the governor doesn’t even want it to be heard.
A blue-ribbon panel will nominate potential members of the flood board later this month. They should re-nominate Tim Doody and John Barry — the president and vice president of the board, whose terms have expired. Both men have served well; they deserve to be reappointed.
At a minimum, the nominating committee should meet in public, discuss all applicants publicly, and give the public a chance to weigh in on these important appointments. This is, after all, the public’s business.
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