Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East Case


Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East Case  

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Gladstone N. Jones, III,
Jones, Swanson, Huddell, and Garrison LLC,

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h2_arrow To view a copy of the Appeal click the following: Fifth Circuit Appeal

h2_arrow To view a PDF of the Petition for Damages and Injunctive Relief with Exhibits A-G, Click Here

h2_arrow DID OIL AND GAS COMPANIES OBEY THE LAW?  To view a timeline of internal oil and gas industry memos, as well as laws, legal decisions, and enforcement actions relating to industry activities over the last several decades, Click Here

h2_arrow The Sunshine Squad: To view a record of the misinformation spread about the lawsuit in the legislature, as well as the truth behind these statements, Click Here

h2_arrow To view a copy of the resolution adopted by the New Orleans City Council in opposition to the set of legislative bills that aim to kill the lawsuit filed on behalf of the SLFPA-E, Click Here

h2_arrow For more information on the deposition of LOGA President Don Briggs, Click Here

h2_arrow Lacking Votes and Popular Support, Jindal Allies Looking To Slip Bill Killing SLFPA-E Lawsuit in Through the Back Door: to view the full press release, Click Here

h2_arrow See WWL’s investigative report series, “Tainted Legacy,” for more information on legacy lawsuits in Louisiana:

h2_arrow “Losing Ground” – An Interactive View of the Louisiana Coast Being Destroyed, by Bob Marshall of The Lens, and Brian Jacobs and Al Shaw of ProPublica.  Click Here to View 



Media Coverage:


Tuesday, March 24, 2015:

The Advocate – Letter: Commissioners pursued case against oil and gas industry with intent to see it through

Monday, March 2, 2015:

The Times-Picayune/ –  Appeal of wetlands damage suit against energy companies will continue

Tuesday, February 24, 2015:

The Advocate – Stephanie Grace: Was the coastal lawsuit worth it?

Friday, November 21, 2014:

American Press – Money from small settlement earmarked for coast

Acadiana Business – Levee board earmarks $ from small settlement for coast

Wednesday, November 12, 2014:

New Orleans CityBusiness – Hearing held in flood board’s oil industry lawsuit

Monday, November 10, 2014:

The Lens – First of two important court dates coming on wetlands lawsuit against oil and gas

Thursday, November 6, 2014:

The Advocate – James Gill: Maybe lawsuit wasn’t so frivolous

Tuesday, November 4, 2014:

Acadiana Business – Two oil companies and levee board settle for $50K

Monday, November 3, 2014:

Gambit – Debunking Jindal’s ‘frivolous’ claim 

Insurance Journal – 2 Small Players Settle in Louisiana ‘Big Oil’ Coastal Flooding Suit

Biz New Orleans – Judge: Oil Co. Lawsuit Bill Unconstitutional

Sunday, November 2, 2014:

Chem.Info – Oil Company Lawsuit Bill Deemed Unconstitutional

Friday, October 31, 2014:

Charlotte Observer – Judge: Oil Co. lawsuit bill unconstitutional

Thursday, October 16, 2014:

New Orleans CityBusiness – Opinion: Constitution prevails in levee board lawsuit

Friday, October 10, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – East bank levee authority says law blocking oil company lawsuit is unconstitutional

Claims Journal – Louisiana Can’t Stop ‘Big Oil’ Suit

Gambit – The tide has turned: time for Big Oil to settle

Thursday, October 9, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – AG Buddy Caldwell supports court ruling that new state law doesn’t block levee authority

Tuesday, October 7, 2014:

Natural Gas Intelligence – Judge Rules Against Louisiana’s Attempt to Block Coastal Damage Lawsuit Against Pipelines

Biz New Orleans – Judge: New Law Can’t Stop ‘Big Oil’ Lawsuit Suit

Times-Picayune/ – Levee authority’s wetlands suit against energy companies focus of NYT Magazine story

Oxford American – ISSUE 86: Flood Protection

Baton Rouge Business Report – ‘NY Times Magazine’ examines controversial La. coastal land loss lawsuit

Newser – How Louisiana Crippled a Vast Environmental Lawsuit

NGI’s Daily Gas Price Index – Judge Rules Against Louisiana’s Attempt to Block Coastal Damage Lawsuit Against Pipelines

Monday, October 6, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Judge rules new state law doesn’t stop levee authority from suing oil companies

The Advocate – Baton Rouge judge: New law does not apply to flood-protection board

New York Times – The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever

The Advocate – Prospects grim for those outside the levee system, Tulane report finds

Thursday, October 2, 2014:

Bloomberg – Exxon Joins Jindal to Face Dr. Mud in Wetland Legal Fight

Tuesday, September 30, 2014:

The Advocate – Our Views: New vote on Kemp

Monday, September 29, 2014:

The Advocate – Supporter of coastal-erosion lawsuit renominated to levee board

Friday, September 26, 2014:

WWLTV – Jindal thwarted as Paul Kemp gets levee board nod

Times-Picayune/ – Supporter of coastal erosion lawsuit against oil companies nominated for levee board

Tuesday, September 23, 2014: – DuBos: Flood board member should be renominated

PRI – Louisiana’s coastline is disappearing at the rate of a football field an hour

Monday, September 22, 2014:

Gambit – A messy process

Thursday, September 18, 2014:

The Advocate – Guest commentary: Politics threatens levee board reforms – Panel backs oil lawsuit supporter for flood board

Monday, September 8, 2014: – Louisiana Loses Its Boot

Friday, September 5, 2014:

The Ecologist – New Orleans: oil & gas evading $50bn coastal restoration obligations

Friday, August 15, 2014:

Louisiana Voice – Baton Rouge attorney authors guest column rebutting recent LABI ‘fact sheet’ about state’s ‘unfavorable’ judicial climate

Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Levee authority asks federal judge to rule new state law can’t block suit against energy companies

Times-Picayune/ – Hearing on east bank levee authority suit against energy companies scheduled for Nov. 12

The Advocate – Levee authority’s lawyers say new law won’t end their case

Times-Picayune/ – Levee authority asks federal judge to find new state law doesn’t block suit against energy companies

Friday, August 8, 2014:

The Town Talk – South Louisiana board challenges law blocking ‘big oil’ lawsuit

Insurance Journal – Louisiana Flood Authority Challenges Law Blocking ‘Big Oil’ Lawsuit

Wednesday, August 6, 2014: – Levee board asks federal judge to rule Act 544 unconstitutional

Daily Journal – La. flood board begins legal challenge of law blocking lawsuit over coastal oil, gas drilling

The Lens – Levee authority asks judge to rule on constitutionality of law that would scuttle lawsuit

Thursday, July 24, 2014:

The Advocate – Letter: Lawsuit should run its course

Wednesday, July 16, 2014:

The Lens – Future of coastal loss lawsuit could rest in hands of board’s nominating committee

Monday, July 14, 2014:

The Lens – Lawyer for levee authority says battle over coastal lawsuit is just beginning

Thursday, July 10, 2014: – Tainted Legacy: Wealthy and powerful vs. big oil

Saturday, June 28, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Environmental lawsuit against 92 energy companies belongs in federal court, judge rules

Wednesday, June 25, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Attorney General Buddy Caldwell should protect public’s interest in coastal damages lawsuit: Editorial

Tuesday, June 24, 2014:

Huffington Post – The Citizens’ Fight Against Big Oil in Louisiana Continues

Monday, June 23, 2014:

Gambit – Can the levee board suit survive?

Friday, June 20, 2014:

Earth Island Journal – Louisiana Levee Authority’s Suit Against Oil & Gas Companies Survives Move to Kill It

Thursday, June 19, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Levee authority’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies survives motion to kill it on 4-4 vote

Baton Rouge Business Report – Levee board not giving up on suit against oil and gas companies

The Republic – ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit survives in 4-4 vote of flood board, despite new law

Daily Reporter – ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit survives in 4-4 vote of flood board, despite new law

Wednesday, June 18, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ –
East bank levee authority to vote Thursday on killing energy lawsuit fighting for flood protection and to hold energy industry accountable for erosion: Sandy Rosenthal

Tuesday, June 17, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Attorney General Buddy Caldwell should intervene in coastal damages lawsuit: Oliver Houck

Monday, June 16, 2014:

The Advocate – Louisiana Spotlight: ‘Big oil’ lawsuit issues linger

Saturday, June 14, 2014:

The Advocate – James Gill: Time has come for settlement on coast damage

Friday, June 13, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – East bank levee authority to consider dismissing its environmental lawsuit against energy companies

Thursday, June 12, 2014:

The Advocate –
Our Views: Industry win, coast’s loss?
Jindal signs bill that could kill wetlands suit

Tuesday, June 10, 2014:

The Advocate – Letter: Bill kills effort to save coast

Monday, June 9, 2014:

National Journal – As a State Wrangles, Its Coast is Swept Out to Sea

Climate Progress – Gov. Bobby Jindal Quashes Lawsuit Against 97 Oil And Gas Companies For Years Of Destroying Wetlands 

Times-Picayune/ – Senate Bill 469 could cement Gov. Jindal’s legacy: Letter

Sunday, June 8, 2014:

RT – Louisiana Gov. signs bill killing lawsuit against oil and gas companies

The Advocate –
Letter: Bill kills effort to save coast
Jindal signs bill that could kill wetlands lawsuit

Friday, June 6, 2014:

LA Times – Bobby Jindal’s huge favor for his pals in the oil and gas industry

Times-Picayune/ – Bobby Jindal signs bill to kill lawsuit against oil, gas companies – Jindal signs bill that would throw out bill against big oil

Acadiana Business – What was BP’s role in killing levee board lawsuit?

The IND – If You Care About Louisiana, This Should Make You Livid – Can Jindal afford Hurricane Bobby over a SB469 veto?

Shreveport Times – Gov. Bobby Jindal signs bill canceling levee board lawsuit

Thursday, June 5, 2014:

Gambit – The Legislature’s Godzilla

The Advocate –
AG recommends veto for levee board lawsuits bill
Letter: SB469 shouldn’t be rushed

Times-Picayune/ –
New Orleans City Council asks Gov. Jindal to veto levee board lawsuit bill
Jefferson Parish President John Young asks Gov. Jindal to veto bill killing levee authority damage suit against energy companies
Gov. Jindal, don’t take a risk on Senate Bill 469. Veto it: Editorial

New Orleans CityBusiness – AG: Jindal should veto bill killing oil lawsuit

Wednesday, June 4, 2014:

The Advocate – Our Views: Industry’s win, coast’s loss?

Times-Picayune/ – Attorney General Caldwell recommends vetoing levee authority lawsuit bill, but Gov. Jindal disagrees – Attorney general recommends veto for levee board lawsuits bill

Tuesday, June 3, 2014:

Claims Journal – Governor to Review Bill Intended to Void Louisiana Levee Board’s Oil Lawsuit

Times-Picayune/ – Legal scholars again urge Jindal to veto bill to kill lawsuit against oil, gas companies –
More legal scholars call on Jindal to veto anti-levee board bill
DuBos: Jindal can’t let BP escape liability

Houma Today – Concerns about levee board’s lawsuit warrant bill’s veto

Acadiana Business –
Jindal could disrupt billions in BP claims
Jindal stalls on signing bill to kill levee board lawsuit

Monday, June 2, 2014:

The Advocate – Our Views: Roadblock to court

New Orleans CityBusiness – Jindal delays signing bill to kill anti-oil suit – Jindal postpones signing bill that would have killed lawsuit against oil companies

The Town Talk – Could signing of levee lawsuit bill hurt La. lawsuits against BP? – Jindal delays signing bill to kill anti-oil suit

One News Page – Bobby Jindal delays signing bill to kill lawsuit against oil, gas companies

Sunday, June 1, 2014:

Gambit – UPDATE: 21 leges side with Big Oil

American Press – Victory doesn’t mean it’s over

Saturday, May 31, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Gov. Jindal, don’t sign away our legal claims against BP: Robert R.M.Verchick

Houma Today – Bill sets such a bad precedent

Thursday, May 29, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Coastal legislators must make sure SB 469 doesn’t pass: Editorial

The IND – Who owns Louisiana?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Louisiana House should kill bill intended to nullify levee lawsuit against oil, gas: Editorial

Salina Journal – Louisiana lawsuits want oil and gas industry to help repair coastline

Tuesday, May 27, 2014:

PBS Newshour – As Louisiana’s coastline shrinks, a political fight over responsibility grows

The Advocate – Our Views: Roadblock to court

Monday, May 26, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Coastal erosion lawsuit is about protecting people and property in Louisiana: G. Paul Kemp

The Advertiser – Kill the bill; let the flood authority’s lawsuit live

Thursday, May 22, 2014:

Acadiana Business – Levee board suit one step closer to death – Garland: Wake up! Demand state lawmakers protect your family and property

Tuesday, May 20, 2014:

The Advocate – Letter: Honor constitution, rights

Times-Picayune/ –
Legislators should reject bill intended to short-circuit coastal damages lawsuit: Editorial
Senator is wrong to try to kill coastal damages lawsuit

Gulf Restoration Network – Bird’s Eye View: Shocking Photos They Don’t Want You To See

The IND –
Letter to the Editor: Sen. Bret Allain is spreading misinformation on levee board lawsuit
Unlearning Katrina’s lesson: Bills would again make levee board a governor’s plaything

Sunday, May 18, 2014:

American Press – Political leadership let us down

Friday, May 16, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Lives depend on flood authority independence: Editorial

The Advocate – BGR opposes levee boards’ restriction

The Lens – Unlearning Katrina’s lessons: Bills would again make levee board a governor’s plaything

Sunday, May 11, 2014:

The Advocate –
James Gill: Oil and gas owe Louisiana big time
Letter: Levee authority legislation favors big money

Thursday, May 8, 2014:

New Orleans City Council – Regular News Meeting Summary: Supported Autonomy of Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East

Times-Picayune/ – New Orleans City Council blasts bills aimed at killing levee lawsuit

Acadiana Business – Sen. Bret Allain’s backdoor tactic

Houma Today – Ending lawsuit against oil and gas companies would be a mistake

Wednesday, May 7, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Louisiana Senate approves legislation that would kill east bank levee authority wetland lawsuit against energy companies

Tuesday, May 6, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Lawmakers should let flood protection authority lawsuit against oil, gas go forward: Editorial

Acadiana Business – Letter to the Editor: Let the court decide levee board suit

The Town Talk – Green Army attacks bill seeking to block levee lawsuit (p. A2)

Sunday, May 4, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Legislature should protect Southeast Louisiana residents, keep levee reforms in place: Editorial

Friday, May 2, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Jefferson Parish Council opposes Sen. Robert Adley’s levee board bills

Thursday, May 1, 2014:

CenLamar – Is Big Oil Secretly Negotiating A Settlement To Pay For Coastal Damages?

The Republic – Senate committee backs Jindal bill to derail levee board lawsuit against oil and gas companies

Tuesday, April 29, 2014:

The Advocate – CABL opposes levee legislation 

Monday, April 28, 2014:

The Advocate –
‘Ladies in red’ back in Capitol to fight for independent levee boards
Guest commentary: Levee board reforms could be washed away

The IND –
Bills to scuttle ‘Big Oil’ suit progress
Will Goliath win this time?

Sunday, April 27, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Bills to scuttle ‘Big Oil’ suit progress, but lawsuits may continue: Analysis

American Press – Leave coastal lawsuit alone

Saturday, April 26, 2014:

The Advocate – Adley makes changes to levee board bill, expects opposition

Friday, April 25, 2014:

Gambit – Will Goliath win this time?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – East bank levee authority attorneys launch ‘Sunshine Squad’ web site to oppose legislation aimed at killing authority’s wetlands damages lawsuit – Bill to derail parish ‘big oil’ lawsuit stalls

The Advocate – Political Horizons: Honoré wants public involved on environment

Shreveport Times – Let evidence, not politics decide lawsuit

Tuesday, April 22, 2014:

Bureau of Governmental Research – Amended SB 79 Still Threatens Levee Boards’ Independence

Times-Picayune/ – Bureau of Governmental Research still opposes amended bill that gives governor power to remove levee board authority members from office

Saturday, April 19, 2014:

The Advertiser – Raymond Lalonde: Oil companies will stay until oil depleted

Wednesday, April 16, 2014:

Huffington Post Blog – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Restoring Louisiana’s Coast Will Require Restoring its Democracy – Governor Jindal is Trying to Undermine Both

Times-Picayune/ – Robert Adley’s anti-lawsuit argument makes zero sense: Jarvis DeBerry

Tuesday, April 15, 2014:

The Advocate –
Stephanie Grace: Bills aim to short-circuit judicial system
Letter: Anti-lawsuit columnist confused on coastal case

The Louisiana Weekly – Sen. Adley’s SB 629 seeks to drown our voices

Thursday, April 10, 2014:

New Orleans CityBusiness – Opinion: Jindal undermines energy in levee board attack

Wednesday, April 9, 2014:

The Advocate – Attorneys in wetlands suit call for negotiation, offer reduced fees

Times-Picayune/ – Legislature shouldn’t weaken levee board reforms: Editorial

Law360 – Attys Will Slim Fees if Oil Cos. Strike Deal in La. Pollution Fight

Tuesday, April 8, 2014:

The Advocate – Guest commentary: Why is lawsuit such a bad idea?

Times-Picayune/ – Levee authority lawyers say they’ll waive some fees if energy companies come to bargaining table

Acadiana Business – ‘Greedy trial lawyers’ agree to tear up contingency contract – SLFPA-E Attorneys offer to tear up fee contract

New Orleans CityBusiness – Levee board lawyers offer to drop fees – Levee board lawyers offer to reduce fee if oil, gas defendants settle lawsuit

Monday, April 7, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Oil, gas lawsuit asking industry to fix pipeline damage to Louisiana coast as promised: John Barry

Gulf Restoration Network – Bird’s Eye View: Damning Photos Revealed

Sunday, April 6, 2014:

The Advocate – Our Views: A dilemma on lawsuits

Times-Picayune/ – If Legislature forbids levee lawsuits, Louisiana taxpayers will pay the price of coastal repairs: Mark Davis 

Saturday, April 5, 2014:

The Advocate – Stephanie Grace: Ex-govs agree on worth of lawsuit

Thursday, April 3, 2014:

The Advocate – BGR criticizes effort to change levee board nominations

Tuesday, April 1, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Bureau of Governmental Research opposes Senate bill that would give governor more power in selecting levee authority members – Louisiana legislature, Levee District vs. Oil and Gas, Jindal and LABI

Monday, March 31, 2014:

Gambit – Debunking Big Oil’s big lie

The Advocate – Stephanie Grace: Ex-governors mix it up on La. issues

Saturday, March 29, 2014:

Houma Today – Saving the coast creates jobs

Friday, March 28, 2014:

The Advocate –
Coastal Master Plan would create jobs, revenue
Video: How coastal restoration and hurricane protection affect the economy

The Town Talk – Study: Funding Louisiana’s coastal effort would support thousands of jobs

Thursday, March 27, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Louisiana $50 billion coastal restoration plan would inject billions more into economy every year, study finds

WDSU News – Expert releases findings on coastal restoration, hurricane protection – Study: funding LA coastal effort would create 100k+ jobs

Houma Today – Levee lawsuit’s local impact discussed

The IND – Study: funding coastal effort would create jobs

Climate Progress – 3 Former Louisiana Governors Agree: Lawsuit Against 97 Oil and Gas Companies Should Proceed

Wednesday, March 26, 2014:

Uptown Messenger – Three former Louisiana governors agree: Lawsuit against oil companies should proceed

Thursday, March 20, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Ousted levee authority member John Barry rallies support in St. Bernard for suit against energy companies

Acadiana Business – Letter to the Editor: LOGA akin to gun control

Wednesday, March 19, 2014:

The Advocate – Our Views: A dilemma on lawsuits

The Lens – ‘LaLa’ Lalonde calls Big Oil’s bluff: Ignore threats that they’ll bail on Louisiana

Tuesday, March 18, 2014:

Gambit – Big Oil’s loosening grip

Friday, March 14, 2014:

The Advocate – Backers of coastal-erosion lawsuit launch new website

Thursday, March 13, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Timeline shows how energy industry violated laws, levee authority attorneys say

The Lens – Lawyers combat PR blitz with timeline showing Big Oil’s role in coastal loss

WDSU News – Wetlands advocates: Energy firms knowingly broke laws

Wednesday, March 12, 2014:

Acadiana Business – Judge: LOGA suit ‘frivolous’ – Levee lawsuit bill should die

Tuesday, March 11, 2014:

Al Jazeera America – In Louisiana, an environmental lawsuit brings hope for a new chapter

The Advocate –
James Gill: Adley goes to bat for Big Oil
Letter: Group calls for bill’s defeat

Court: SLFPA had right to hire outside attorney, not use AG’s Office

Monday, March 10, 2014:

Office of the Attorney General – Attorney General Wins LOGA Suit

Times-Picayune/ –
Judge upholds AG Buddy Caldwell’s approval of levee authority’s vote in wetlands damage suit
Private attorneys working for Louisiana Attorney General can do so with contingency fee contracts, judge rules

The Advocate –
Levee board nominators push back against Jindal
‘Why are we not out in the streets?’

WGNO News with a Twist – Politics and the Levee Board

New Orleans CityBusiness – Court upholds hiring of outside counsel in LOGA case – Judge tosses Briggs’s lawsuit against AG

Daily Advertiser – Judge rules in favor of AG’s office in LOGA lawsuit

Saturday, March 8, 2014:

Shreveport Times – Leaving Louisiana: Oil industry’s empty threat

Friday, March 7, 2014: – Lawsuit filed against oil and gas companies to face fierce opposition

Tuesday, March 4, 2014:

The Advocate –
Barry decries efforts to shelve oil lawsuit
James Gill: Industry spokesman doesn’t worry about the facts

Monday, March 3, 2014:

Shreveport Times – Legislators to judge suit against big oil – Barry: Legislation could kill coastal lawsuit

Saturday, March 1, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Citizens for 1 Greater New Orleans opposes legislation to weaken flood protection authority: Ruthie Frierson

Friday, February 28, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Gov. Jindal, Louisiana Legislature shouldn’t undermine levee reforms: Editorial

Thursday, February 27, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Environmental groups oppose changes in selection process for levee authority members

Gambit – Briggs’ pathetic performance

The Republic – Legislative battle shaping up over bill that could affect flood board’s ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit – Author says coastal preservation saves lives

The IND – Let the finger-pointing begin

Wednesday, February 26, 2014:

Lafayette Daily Advertiser – LOGA hearing delayed

Tuesday, February 25, 2014:

The Advocate – Oil and gas group’s leader does not appear for trial on its lawsuit

Times-Picayune/ – Oil & Gas Association president fails to appear in court Tuesday, despite threat of jail – DuBos: Big Oil should defend levee board lawsuit in court

New Orleans CityBusiness – Oil, gas group president fails to appear despite jail threat

Baton Rouge Business Report – LOGA court case delayed until March 10

Acadiana Business – Don Briggs not going to jail

Monday, February 24, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Judge orders Oil and Gas Association president to appear in court Tuesday or face jail

WAFB CBS 9 – As more of coastal Louisiana is lost, official map makers erase names

Sunday, February 23, 2014:

American Press – Barry defends oil, gas suit

Saturday, February 22, 2014:

Louisiana Voice – Sen. Robert Adley, a consistent advocate for transparency, caters to oil contributors in opposing wetlands litigation

Friday, February 21, 2014:

Gambit – Bidness as usual – Blaming the victims

Thursday, February 20, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Governor would have more say in appointing levee authority members, under proposed legislation

Monday, February 17, 2014:

Gulf Restoration Network – Is Big Oil’s Political Gamble Bad for Business?

Thursday, February 13, 2014: – Louisiana bays, bayous vanish from nautical maps

Tuesday, February 11, 2014:

Gambit – Graves’ legacy

Bridge the Gulf – Green Army Gathers in Lafayette, Eyes Legislative Session

Monday, February 10, 2014:

The Advocate – State Democrats back levee board suits

Friday, February 7, 2014:

The Lens – Levee-board reformers worry that Jindal bringing politics back into the process

The IND – Make them pay

Thursday, February 6, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – State Democratic Party will vote on whether to support east bank levee suit against oil and gas industry – Coastal restoration suit still on table

Tuesday, February 4, 2014:

Clarion Herald – ‘Rising tide’ of opposition didn’t surprise Barry

Monday, February 3, 2014:

NOLA Defender – Drilling and Able

Friday, January 31, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Gov. Jindal again trying to remove east bank levee authority president

Tuesday, January 28, 2014:

The Advocate – Letter: Adley should be more concerned about loss of wetlands

Monday, January 27, 2014:

The Advocate – Jindal tries again to oust president of area levee board

Friday, January 17, 2014:

The Lens – A quip on Twitter lands me a public audience with Louisiana’s coastal chief, but it could have been worse

Thursday, January 16, 2014:

The Advocate – Coastal authority, levee board attorneys at odds over lawsuit

WWNO – Flood Protection Authority Defends Oil and Gas Lawsuit in Baton Rouge

Wednesday, January 15, 2014:

Times-Picayune/ – Louisiana’s top coastal official may explore lawsuit to block levee board suit against oil companies

Baton Rouge Business Report – Barry: Levee board suit against oil and gas companies may never go to court

Tuesday, January 14, 2014:

Claims Journal – Louisiana Attorney General Defends Role in Big Oil Lawsuit

Friday, January 10, 2014:

Metropolis Magazine – Why We’re Suing the Oil Companies

Tuesday, January 7, 2014:

Gambit –
New Orleanians of the Year: Profiles in courage: John Barry and Steve Gleason
David vs. Goliath: John Barry, New Orleanian of the Year 2013

The Advocate – James Gill: It’s official: Louisiana is a ‘hell-hole’

Friday, December 20. 2013:

Daily Journal – Flood board’s lawyers agree to contract changes in ‘Big Oil’ suit

Thursday, December 19, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – Lawyers representing levee authority in lawsuit against oil companies agree to limit potential earnings

Wednesday, December 18, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ –
Federal judge takes no immediate action on whether to return east bank levee authority wetlands damage suit to state court
East Bank levee authority suit spurs renewed push for tort reform

The Advocate – Letter: State subsidizing its failure

New Orleans CityBusiness – Debate continues over venue for coastal lawsuit

The Republic – Levee board wants lawsuit against oil companies moved back to state court

The State – Hearing: Which court should hear coastal lawsuit?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – Battle over levee authority lawsuit against energy companies moves to federal court on Wednesday

Monday, December 16, 2013:

The Lens – Rush to oppose coastal reclamation suit exposes weakness of Jindal’s case

Sunday, December 15, 2013:

The Advocate – Legislative auditor won’t review legality of levee board’s contract

Saturday, December 14, 2013:

Scientific American – Louisiana Wetlands Tattered by Industrial Canals, Not Just River Levees

Friday, December 13, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – Court should weigh in on East Bank levee board suit against oil and gas companies, auditor says – Legislative Auditor: ‘Significant Legal Questions’ in Flood Authority Lawsuit

Wednesday, December 11, 2013:

The Lens – With dear friends like Big Oil, are we our own worst enemies?

Friday, December 6, 2013:

The Advocate – Levee authority reaffirms support for lawsuit against oil, gas companies

The Lens – New board members challenge status quo on Flood Protection Authority

The Louisiana Record – Despite board’s reorganization, flood protection authority reaffirms massive lawsuit against oil industry

Thursday, December 5, 2013:

The Advocate – Our Views: New study, old erosion

Times-Picayune/ – East Bank levee authority votes to reaffirm wetlands damage lawsuit against energy companies

The Lens – Live blog: Levee board to vote to reaffirm lawsuit against oil and gas companies

Wednesday, December 4, 2013:

The Louisiana Record – Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East to hold meeting today; reversal of oil company lawsuit anticipated

Tuesday, December 3, 2013:

Gambit – Quote of the week: De Minimis damage edition

Monday, December 2, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – East Bank levee authority calls special meeting to vote again on suit against oil, gas companies

Tuesday, November 26, 2013:

The Advocate – Stephanie Grace: Complicated back story of lawsuit dispute

LaPolitics – LETTER: Caldwell Responds to “Cover-Up” Allegation

Monday, November 25, 2013:

LaPolitics –
MAGINNIS: Coming Clash of the Green Armies
Corps Lawsuit Likely

New Orleans CityBusiness – La. lawsuits may portend shifting political tide

Something Like the Truth – Bobby Jindal: Louisiana’s Out-of-Touch Governor

Sunday, November 24, 2013:

The Advocate – Public blames energy companies, poll finds

Saturday, November 23, 2013:

WWL – Louisiana lawsuits may portend shifting political tide

Friday, November 22, 2013:

LaPolitics – Political Takeaways: Jindal aide: State may sue Corps of Engineers

Louisiana Budget Project – Landrieu and levee board have higher approval ratings than Gov. Jindal

Thursday, November 21, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – Levee authority will put off vote on whether to continue wetlands damage suit against energy companies

Gambit –
‘Neck-deep in politics’
Levee board suit survives, for now

The Lens –
Coastal agency asks attorney general to rescind approval of lawyer who sued oil and gas companies
As lawsuits proliferate, will Big Oil join in a ‘grand bargain’ to save the coast?
Barry musters support for wetlands lawsuit, but not with the right audience

New Orleans CityBusiness – Board to again consider ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit

AP News – Board delays vote on ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit

Monroe News Star – ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit vote involving coastal wetlands loss delayed – Levee Board Lawsuit

Wednesday, November 20, 2013:

The Advocate – Ousted levee board member launches non-profit to support lawsuit

The Lens – Live video Thursday: John Barry discusses coastal loss at Newsmakers event

LaPolitics – LaPolitics Newsmaker: Garret Graves

Lafayette Daily Advertiser – Group seeks public’s help in lawsuit

Tuesday, November 19, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ –
West Bank levee board opposes east bank wetlands damage lawsuit, urges coordination
Ousted levee authority member John Barry forms organization to support suit against oil companies 

The Advocate – Flood authority to be asked to halt suit against oil, gas companies

The Lens – Proponent of oil and gas lawsuit forms nonprofit, has poll showing broad support

Gambit – Conflicts galore

New Orleans CityBusiness – Ousted flood board member touting new organization

Baton Rouge Business Report – Maginnis: Local lawsuits against Big Oil more to Jindal’s liking –
DuBos: Flood authority’s lawsuit should be allowed to go forward
Critics say Jindal levee board appointee should recuse himself from energy lawsuit

Sun Herald – Ousted flood board member touting new organization – Ousted flood board member touting new organization – Maginnis: Jindal tacks with purpose vs. Big Oil

Daily World – Local lawsuits more to Jindal’s liking

The IND – Ousted flood board member touting new organization

The Republic – Ousted flood board member Barry touts new organization amid fight over ‘Big Oil’ lawsuit

Monday, November 18, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ –
Jindal levee authority appointee wants lawsuit against oil, pipeline companies suspended
Local lawsuits against oil companies are more to Jindal’s liking: John Maginnis – Jindal levee authority appointee to ask that lawsuit against oil, pipeline companies be suspended

Sunday, November 17, 2013:

The Advocate –
James Gill: Tide turning on oil industry
Environmental groups create ‘Green Army’ to take on key La. issues 

Gambit – Louisiana’s grand bargain?

Shreveport Times – John M. Barry: Companies should fix what they break

Saturday, November 16, 2013: – Coastal litigation could spark reform

Friday, November 15, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – Russell Honore’s ‘Green Army’ discusses legislative agenda in Baton Rouge

Louisiana Association of Business and Industry – Louisiana’s High Noon

Thursday, November 14, 2013:

Lafayette Daily Advertiser – Experts opine on oil and gas suits

Tuesday, November 12, 2013:

The Advocate – Stephanie Grace: Will oil, gas lawsuit keep erosion conversation going?

The Lens – Ex-flood authority leader picks apart arguments against suing oil interests

LaPolitics – Parishes Sue Oil Companies 

Monday, November 11, 2013:

The Weather Channel – Losing Louisiana

The Advocate – Jefferson, Plaquemines consider filing lawsuits

LaPolitics – Jefferson, Plaquemines parishes consider suing oil companies

Friday, November 8, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – Jindal coastal adviser’s emails are public records, judge rules

The Advocate – East bank levee board at odds with Jindal loses its state subsidy

Baton Rouge Business Report – LaPolitics: Honore developing ‘environmental justice’ campaign

The Lens – The Lens launches a new event series, Breakfast with the Newsmakers

WVUE Fox 8 – Flood Authority deals with $500,000 in cuts

Thursday, November 7, 2013:

The Lens – State cuts funding to levee authority that sued oil and gas companies

Tuesday, November 5, 2013:

LaPolitics – CALDWELL: Avalanche of Contingency Fee Contracts Coming

Thursday, October 31, 2013:

Facing South – In Louisiana, a former Army commander goes to war against Big Oil

Tuesday, October 29, 2013:

The Lens – Honore delivers startlingly radical call to action against forces destroying coast

Shreveport Times – Bobby Jindal shows true colors in coastal lawsuit

Friday, October 25, 2013:

The Advocate – Letter: Governor’s behavior is tyrannical

Monday, October 21, 2013:

The Advocate –
Ousted levee board member pledges to keep fighting
Jindal names 3 members to levee board who oppose suit against oil companies

Friday, October 18, 2013:

Gambit – Free at last

The Daily Kingfish – Oil Thicker Than Water

Thursday, October 17, 2013:

Miami Herald – Flood board meets with 3 new members

Times-Picayune/ – East Bank levee authority meets for first time with new Bobby Jindal appointments

The Lens – After being replaced on levee board, lawsuit proponent announces new effort

Daily Journal – Board that sued oil and gas companies meets with 3 new members

Law360 – Jindal Names New Members to Board That Sued Energy Cos.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013:

San Francisco Chronicle/ – Jindal names 3 to board that sued oil companies

Times-Picayune/ – Gov. Jindal appoints new members to the regional levee authority that sued oil companies – Jindal ousts member of regional levee board who led oil company suit

The Lens –
More oil from BP spill found on Louisiana coastline in mid-2013 than year before
Facing replacement on levee board, John Barry pledges more action on coastal loss – Jindal appoints new levee board members

Tuesday, October 15, 2013:

The Advocate – James Gill: Big shot steps in on behalf of oil & gas

Shreveport Times – Coastal lawsuit a political sideshow

The Lens – consolidated collection of articles published on the Oil & Gas lawsuit

Monday, October 14, 2013:

LaPolitics – Political Sideshow to Coastal Lawsuit

Friday, October 11, 2013:

Harper’s The Stream – Secret Oil Company Memos on Pollution in Louisiana

Thursday, October 10, 2013:

LaPolitics –
Campbell calls out Democrats (membership required to access article)
The Weekly Mini: Next Moves on Levee Suit

Wednesday, October 2, 2013:

Democracy Now! – On the Road in Louisiana: Broadcasting from New Orleans Public Television WLAE (video)

The Advocate – Proponent of oil, gas suit loses spot on levee board 

Monday, September 30, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ –
Amid flood authority lawsuit against oil companies, nominating committee to meet Monday
John Barry not among nominees for Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East seats – Clock running out on flood authority’s days as panel immune from political meddling

Sunday, September 29, 2013:

The Lens – Live blog recap: Committee decides not to renominate John Barry to flood authority

Saturday, September 28, 2013:

Huffington Post Blog – Can Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal Make the Big Oil Lawsuit Go Away?

Friday, September 27, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – Don’t allow Gov. Jindal to hijack levee authority nominations: Sandy Rosenthal

The Advocate –
Letter: Flood Protection Authority should do the right thing
James Gill: Graves shows why lawsuit is needed
Classifieds: Notice of Public Meeting Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East & West Nominating Committee

Thursday, September 26, 2013:

The Advocate – Lawsuit seeks Jindal adviser’s correspondence with oil and gas industry

Wednesday, September 25, 2013:

The Gulf Restoration Network – Keep Politics Out of Flood Protection

Tuesday, September 24, 2013:

The Advocate – Stephanie Grace: Board sees limits of independence

The Lens – Clock running out on flood authority’s days as a panel immune from political meddling

Thursday, September 19, 2013:

Mother Jones – The Giant Big Oil Lawsuit that Bobby Jindal Wants to Make Disappear

The Republic – 1 of 2 members targeted for removal from flood board gives brief farewell speech – SE Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East meets

NewsOK – SE Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East meets – SE Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East meets

Wednesday, September 18, 2013: – Jindal continues dictator pattern with oil, gas lawsuit appointments

Times-Picayune/ – John Barry on SLFPAE oil suit (video)

Monday, September 16, 2013:

The Advocate –
Levee board suit supporters are likely to lose seats
Maneuvering for Levee Board seats begins amid lawsuit controversy

Times-Picayune/ –
Jindal won’t reappoint 2 levee officials who support lawsuit against oil companies
Gov. Bobby Jindal punishes levee board members who sued Big Oil; Chat with Jarvis DeBerry noon Tuesday

Saturday, September 14, 2013: – ‘Big Oil’ suit looms over flood board nominations

Friday, September 13, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – 5 challengers vie for 3 seats on the East Bank levee authority

WGNO-ABC 26 – Gov. Jindal needs to keep his hands off our Flood Protection Board 

Gambit – So much going on – Big Oil’ suit looms over flood board nominations

The Republic – Flood board nominations to be made against backdrop of oil industry lawsuit

Thursday, September 12, 2013:

San Francisco Chronicle/ – Levee panel wants oil suit back in state court

Times-Picayune/ – Levee panel wants suit against oil companies back in state court

New Orleans CityBusiness – Levee panel wants oil suit back in state court

Tuesday, September 10, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – Levee body says suit against energy firms aims to enforce restoration clauses in state, federal permits

The Lens – Royalty-screwed: Big Oil likes to confuse severance taxes with cleanup costs

Gambit – Pushing back – Levee board heads deserve to be reappointed – Flood authority pokes at Jindal, Oil, Gas and Pipeline industries on lawsuit

Monday, September 9, 2013:

New Orleans CityBusiness – Levee board gets lawsuit backing from Lt. Gen. Honore

Houma Today – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

Shreveport Times – Retired Lt. Gen. Russell Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

WVUE Fox 8 – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

WDSU News – Gen. Russel Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

WWNO 89.9 – John Barry, On Why the Levee Board has Sued the Oil and Gas Companies – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

WAFB CBS 9 – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

KPLC NBC 7 – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

Seattle PI – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

Baton Rouge Business Report – Honoré backs lawsuit against oil companies – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

American Press – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies – Honore backs lawsuit against oil companies

LA Coast Post – September tenth and eleventh: levees, levees, levees

Sunday, September 8, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – John Barry, Tim Doody should remain on the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East: Ruthie Frierson

The Advocate – Leaders of levee board reform say Jindal threats violate spirit of 2006 changes

Friday, September 6, 2013:

The Advocate –
Leaders of levee board reform say Jindal threats violate spirit of 2006 change;
Letter: Group backs Doody and Barry for SLFPA-East

Gambit – Pushing back

Thursday, September 5, 2013:

The Advocate –
James Gill: Coastal suit muddies waters;
Oil and gas association want Caldwell to reverse lawsuit approval;
Stephanie Grace: Independence at stake in appointments

Times-Picayune/ – Oil-gas industry, local levee board clash over AG’s authorization of board’s lawsuit

Everything is Connected – Born on the Bayou (What and Who is Left of It)

Wednesday, September 4, 2013:

The Lens – Why Jindal is so reluctant to make Big Oil pay for ravaging Louisiana’s coast

Sunday, September 1, 2013:

The Advocate – Stephanie Grace: History shows industry got a free ride

Saturday, August 31, 2013:

The Economist – Lawyers v drillers: a huge lawsuit stirs up sediment in Louisiana

New York Times – Facing fire over challenge to Louisiana’s oil industry

Friday, August 30, 2013:

The Advocate – Environmental groups criticize Jindal oil donations

The Stuart Smith Blog – Jindal: ‘Tough’ on BP, a lapdog for Big Oil

Thursday, August 29, 2013:

WRKF 89.3 – Levee Board Takes On Oil Industry Over Damage To Delta

Gambit – Oil money fuels Jindal’s opposition to lawsuit, groups say

Grist – Bobby Jindal doesn’t think Big Oil should have to clean up its mess

Wednesday, August 28, 2013:

National Geographic – Opinion: We Sued the Oil Industry So New Orleans Can Survive

Associated Press – Groups lash out at Jindal’s opposition to lawsuit

Times-Picayune/ – Jindal opposes coastal erosion lawsuit due to oil industry contributions, environmental groups say

New Orleans CityBusiness – Groups lash out at Jindal’s opposition to lawsuit

NOLA Defender – Green groups spotlight big oil donations to Jindal amidst coastal lawsuit saga – Jindal blasts BP, says it spent more on ads than coastal restoration

WVUE Fox 8 – Jindal opposes lawsuit due to political contributions – Groups lash out at Jindal’s opposition to lawsuit

E&E Publishing, LLC – Levee board picks fight with oil and gas industry, roiling La.

Sunday, August 25, 2013:

Houma Today – Keep your eye on the ball

Saturday, August 24, 2013:

The Advocate – Fireworks continue over lawsuit against oil and gas industry

Thursday, August 22, 2013:

WVUE Fox 8 – Flood Authority reaffirms it’s controversial lawsuit

The Lens –
Levee board, Jindal administration remain at odds over lawsuit after hints of reconciliation;
Suing oil and gas interests to save the coast: author John Barry weighs in

Tuesday, August 20, 2013:

Gambit – Silence of the greens

The Advocate – Jindal administration could move against oil, gas lawsuit this week

Tri-Parish Times & Business News – BP says community would notice if they were gone

Monday, August 19, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – State moves to fill 3 East Bank levee authority seats, including posts held by president, vice president

The Lens – Documents describe fees, hiring of private attorneys for coastal loss lawsuit

The Advocate – Levee board opens door to settling lawsuit

Saturday, August 17, 2013:

Shreveport Times – Editorial: Lawsuit targets only one of many

Friday, August 16, 2013: – Board backs coastal lawsuit

Gambit – Trying to wash us away

The Lens – Key disagreements remain between levee board, Jindal administration over coastal loss lawsuit

Thursday, August 15, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – New Orleans levee authority will consider 45-day pause to coastal erosion lawsuit;

New Orleans CityBusiness – Oil & gas suit likely topic at flood board meeting

Acadiana Business – Levee authority: industry needs to fix problem it created

89.9 WWNO – Lawmakers Poke Holes in Flood Protection Board Lawsuit – Discussion of Oil & Gas Suit Dominates Flood Board Meeting

The Advocate – Legislators question levee lawsuit – Flood board sues oil companies over erosion

Wednesday, August 14, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – Lawmakers, flood authority spar over wetlands lawsuit

Baton Rouge Business Report – La. lawmakers hear about unprecedented suit against oil and gas companies – Louisiana coastal chief assails suit against oil, gas

The Lens – Lawmakers criticize Flood Protection Authority for suing oil and gas companies

The Advocate – Flood official: Oil companies ‘trashed the hotel room’

Shreveport Times – Panel questions reasoning of coastal lawsuit –
Board still plans suit against oil companies, but hits pause button;
Supporters applaud flood control board over decision to sue oil companies;
Levee board members face questions on lawsuit filed against oil industry

Tuesday, August 13, 2013:

The Lens –
Live blog Wednesday: Flood Protection Authority appears before legislators;
Major green groups keeping mum on flood authority lawsuit opposed by Jindal

Saturday, August 10, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ – What the levee authority really wants for Louisiana’s coast: John M. Barry

Friday, August 9, 2013:

The Lens – Lens: Suit against oil companies to test law aimed at discouraging political meddling

Wednesday, August 7, 2013:

TreeHugger – Oil and Gas Have Laid Waste to Louisiana’s Coast

Tuesday, August 6, 2013:

USA Today – Climate change softens up already-vulnerable Louisiana 

Thursday, August 1, 2013:

The Lens – No easy task to prepare flood protection system if hurricane approaches

Shreveport Times – La. coastal damage lawsuit long overdue

Tuesday, July 30, 2013:

The Advocate – Barry: Industry legally obligated to help fix coast

Monday, July 29, 2013:

Times-Picayune/ –
With levee authority lawsuit, state can’t keep ignoring petroleum-related damage to marshes: Len Bahr;
Louisiana politics challenges historic lawsuit against oil companies: John Maginnis

Friday, July 26, 2013:

Gambit –
Wetlands war;
Graves a-Twitter over levee board suit

The Lens – What are the key issues in lawsuit against oil & gas companies for coastal loss?

The Advocate – Suit seeks damages from oil companies for coastal erosion

Thursday, July 25, 2013:

National Public Radio (NPR) – La. Flood Board Sues Oil Industry Over Wetlands

The Lens – Bob Marshall discusses coastal loss lawsuit against oil and gas companies

Times-Picayune/ –
Lawsuit against oil and gas giants is a call to arms for Louisiana: Jarvis DeBerry;
New Orleans, coastal lawmakers outspoken on levee board suit;
Levee authority lawsuit: state lawmakers react

Courthouse News Service – Massive Damages Demanded From Big Oil

Maritime Executive – Louisiana Agency Sues Big Oil Firms for Damaging Wetlands

Wednesday, July 24, 2o13:

New York Times – Louisiana Agency to Sue Energy Companies for Wetland Damage

Washington Post – Louisiana flood-control agency sues oil and gas firms, seeking wetland restoration

Huffington Post – Louisiana Wetlands Erosion Made Worse By Oil And Gas Industry, Flood Board Alleges In Lawsuit

Washington Times – Louisiana to sue Big Energy for ‘many, many billions of dollars’

Associated Press – La. flood board sues oil companies over erosion

Reuters – Louisiana agency sues big oil firms for hurting wetlands

Times-Picayune/ –
Jindal demands East Bank levee authority drop lawsuit against oil, gas, pipelines;
Historic lawsuit seeks billions in damages from oil, gas, pipeline industries for wetlands losses

Gambit – Historic lawsuit coming against Big Oil

WGNO ABC 26 – Oil, Gas and Pipeline Companies Sued for Louisiana Coastal Land Loss and Flood Risk, According to SLFPA-E

WDSU News – Flood board to sue oil companies over erosion

MarketWatch – Louisiana flood protection board sues energy firms for wetland loss

Grist Blog – Big Oil sued for destroying wetlands around Gulf of Mexico

Tuesday, July 23, 2013:

The Lens – Science to be key factor in lawsuit against oil and gas companies for coastal loss

Times-Picayune/ – East Bank levee authority to file lawsuit Wednesday aimed at getting oil, gas, pipeline firms to restore wetlands and ridges