May 152014


Join civic-minded New Orleanians in a panel discussion this evening (Thursday, May 15) surrounding recent legal fights with the oil and gas industry, political influence in Louisiana policy making, and coastal restoration projects in the region.

Progressive policy group to discuss the SLFPA-E Lawsuit and the State Legislation to end it

When: May 15, 2014 6-8pm
Where: Propeller (4035 Washington Ave, New Orleans, LA 70125)
Who: Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline New Orleans

Expert Panel:

Jeff Adelson, Reporter, New Orleans Advocate
Jonathan Henderson, Coastal Resiliency Organizer, Gulf Restoration Network
Anne Rolfes, Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Liz Davey (moderator), Director, Tulane Office of Sustainability

Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline New Orleans will host a discussion on the SLFPA-E and parish lawsuits against 97 oil and gas companies and the legislation designed to prevent them. The discussion will be held at Propeller on May 15 from 6-8pm and is open to the public. This is an opportunity for young, civically minded New Orleanians to discuss one of the most important legislation agenda topics concerning the resiliency of our region.

In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East (SLFPA-E), was created as a way to depoliticize existing parish levee boards and replace them with an expert-led group to oversee regional flood protection.

In July 2013, The SLFPA-E sued 97 oil and gas companies as a means of compelling them to pay toward the state’s ongoing coastal restoration efforts. SLFPA-E’s rationale: Because these companies’ activities have contributed to the current environmental crisis, they should also contribute to fixing it.

In the current state legislative session, the Jindal administration and select House and Senate members have introduced bills that would impede SLFPA-E’s ability to bring a lawsuit. This legislation may also hinder the efforts of individual parishes to bring similar legal action.

Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline New Orleans is the New Orleans chapter of The Roosevelt Institute | Pipeline Network, an affiliation of local groups in cities across the country, including Boston, Chicago, DC, Little Rock, New Orleans, New York, and St. Louis. An offshoot of the well established Roosevelt Campus Networks, Pipeline seeks to channel the energy of recent college graduates and young professionals towards progressive political causes. Pipeline | New Orleans hosts a monthly policy discussion series, of which this event will be a part.

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