The battle over which public bodies can sue the energy industry will come to a head this week, when appointees of Gov. Bobby Jindal try to derail a lawsuit by the local flood protection authority. And that's the subject of this week's Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- Gandhi famously said, 'If the people will lead, the leaders will follow.'

Across south Louisiana, people are demanding that our politicians hold the energy industry accountable for ravaging our wetlands and for increasing the risk of storm-related flooding.

But some of our leaders aren't getting the message.

Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to kill an environmental lawsuit by the East Bank flood authority against 97 oil, gas and pipeline companies. Yet, he seems OK with suits against energy companies by Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes.

The governor distinguishes the parish lawsuits by saying they were brought by elected officials. But that's a distinction without a difference. The levee board lawsuit breaks new ground. It seeks to make energy companies pay not just for coastal land loss, but also for the higher costs of flood protection that YOU PAY because of coastal land loss. That's a huge difference.

This Thursday, the East Bank flood authority will meet to discuss its lawsuit. The governor's new appointees to that board will try to scuttle the suit. If they succeed, they will do a grave injustice to the very people they are supposed to protect.

This is one of those times when the people need to lead, because some of our 'leaders' just don't get it.


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