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St. Bernard Parish positions itself to sue energy companies

Published: Dec. 4, 2013 at 11:15 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2013 at 1:52 AM CST
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CHAMMETTE, La. - It looks like St. Bernard Parish will move forward with a lawsuit of its own against oil and gas companies.

According to our partners at Nola.com | The Times-Picayune, the parish passed an ordinance Wednesday designed to allow parish government to enter into "a reasonable attorneys fee contract" to sue over damage caused to local wetlands.

In November, Plaquemines and Jefferson Parishes filed similar lawsuits.

They want energy companies to repair damage caused when canals were built through wetlands. They also want the companies to remove toxic wastes or compensate parishes for toxic waste damage.