The U.S. Supreme Court has put the lid on efforts to sue the Army Corps of Engineers for flooding caused by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet during Hurricane Katrina. That’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitnes News Political Analyst
It’s now official: There’s virtually no way to hold the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers accountable when the Corps makes a mistake — no matter how devastating, or even how deadly, that mistake may be.
Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the case of the Corps’ colossal — and very deadly — mismanagement of the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet. As everyone here knows, the “Mister Go” caused widespread flooding and loss of life during Hurricane Katrina. The channel has also been an environmental disaster.
But, under federal law, the Corps is immune from lawsuits, even when it kills people.
Like it or not, the Supreme Court has the final say on this matter. But the court’s decision should not halt efforts to bring accountability to the Corps. At a minimum, this ruling puts the question of reforming and holding the Corps accountable into the collective lap of Louisiana’s congressional delegation. In particular, our two U.S. Senators — Mary Landrieu and David Vitter — must work even harder and work together to make sure the Corps of Engineers is held to much higher standards going forward.
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