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Nominations to levee board could decide lawsuit’s fate

  // Wednesday, 20 August 2014 21:37 //

When members of a nominating committee meet next week to consider applicants for seats on a New Orleans-area levee authority, they will hold the future of a controversial coastal-erosion lawsuit against scores of oil and gas companies in their hands.

The suit, filed last year by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, has already been the subject of numerous attacks by elected officials, and the Legislature this year passed a law intended to kill the case.

Those efforts have not yet succeeded or are awaiting a ruling by the courts, but the upcoming nominations could add one more anti-lawsuit commissioner backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the authority, giving critics of the suit a majority on the board and the ability to simply vote to drop it.

But much will depend on how, exactly, the board handles the three candidates for the two seats that are available.

Commissioner Paul Kemp, who supports the suit, and Jeff Angers, who opposes it, are both up for reappointment after their terms expired at the beginning of June.

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