NEW ORLEANS – The following is a statement from Grow Louisiana Coalition Executive Director Marc Ehrhardt is in response to the Vermilion Parish Police Jury’s vote on coastal lawsuits:
“With its unanimous vote to support dismissing coastal lawsuits, the Vermilion Parish Police Jury has taken another step toward standing up for Louisiana’s working coast and the community that relies on it.
Coastal lawsuits do nothing more than impede our oil and gas industry’s coastal restoration efforts and economic progress, while also directly harming the hardworking people in Vermilion Parish who rely on the energy industry to support themselves and their families.
The success of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry directly impacts funding and resources available for local communities, especially those throughout Vermilion Parish. The Vermilion Parish Police Jury’s support is a strong indicator to other parishes that citizens should not stand for these senseless lawsuits that only line trial lawyers’ pockets and divert necessary funding from coastal investments.”