Briggs Deposition

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On February 20, 2014, Don Briggs, President of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA), was deposed in a lawsuit related to the lawsuit brought by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East against 97 oil and gas companies. The SLFPAE suit claims these companies caused significant erosion within its coastal buffer zone, and asks the court to determine to what extent they are financially responsible for restoration efforts there. If the suit is successful, SLFPAE will use its proceeds from the judgment for flood protection and coastal restoration.

Click Here to view Exhibit 1 in the Don Briggs deposition – a study of land loss by the U.S. Geological Service, with participation from several oil and gas companies, which attributes 36% of Louisiana’s coastal land loss to oil and gas activities. Mr. Briggs admits in the deposition that he has not seen this report, which places singificant blame for wetlands destruction with oil and gas companies, among others.

Click Here to see an excerpt of the deposition in which Attorney Rock Palermo asks Mr. Briggs about Exhibit 1, and Mr. Briggs says he has never seen it and doesn’t believe it.

Click Here to see Exhibit 2 in the Briggs deposition, which is a study done for the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association. This study also places significant blame for wetlands destruction with oil and gas exploration and extraction efforts.

Click Here for excerpts of the deposition in which Mr. Palermo asks Mr. Briggs about Exhibit 2, and Mr. Briggs says he has never seen it and doesn’t believe it.

Click Here to view highlighted deposition excerpts of Mr. Palermo asking Mr. Briggs about his previous statements that lawsuits are driving oil and gas companies away from Louisiana.

Click Here to view highlighted deposition excerpts of Mr. Palermo asking Mr.Briggs about his familiarity with the SLFPAE lawsuit. Mr. Briggs admits he did not read or study the SLFPAE suit before he attempted to block it by bringing his own suit against it on behalf of LOGA.

Click Here to view highlighted deposition excerpts of Mr. Wade Shows, counsel for the Louisiana Attorney General’s office, asking Mr. Briggs about his familiarity with the lawsuit his own organization, LOGA, has brought against Attorney Buddy Caldwell re: the SLFPAE lawsuit.

Click Here to view the complete official deposition of Don Briggs