RT – March 7, 2017
A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of almost 100 multinational energy-extraction companies, sued by a Louisiana levee board blaming major erosion of the state's wetlands on decades of oil and gas development. A three-judge panel with the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday to uphold a 2015 federal court decision on a lawsuit filed by the New Orleans-based Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E) in 2013. Shell, Chevron and BP are among the major industry defendants named in the suit, along with 94 other oil and gas companies the SLFPA-E blames for widespread destruction of the state's coastal wetlands through the construction of exploration and production canals. For full story, click here.