SELA board member seeks to pull lawsuit against oil companies

There was a new development Thursday concerning the controversial lawsuit against 97 oil companies.

A board member of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Authority tells FOX 8 he will write up a resolution next week to have the lawsuit pulled.

The purpose of the suit was to force oil companies to pay for damage to the Louisiana coast that led to major erosion problems.

During this legislative session, lawmakers passed a bill to void the lawsuit.

Now, board member Joe Hassinger says the suit is ill-conceived and was filed in violation of the authority's own policies. He says SELA is the wrong agency to file the suit and he says there should have been public discussion.

We'll have much more on this story coming up in later editions of FOX 8 News.

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