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Scalise Blasts Levee Board for "Trial Lawyer Boondoggle"


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Steve Scalise today blasted the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority -- East and trial lawyers for filing a lawsuit against nearly 100 energy producers in Louisiana.

"This lawsuit is nothing more than a trial lawyer boondoggle as they seek to leech billions from the very companies that make up the backbone of our local economy," Scalise said. "The best way to revitalize Louisiana's eroding coastline is by dedicating offshore revenues and RESTORE Act funds directly to our coastal restoration efforts. The action being taken against Louisiana energy producers could interfere with the work we're doing in Congress to provide the long-term funding that will ensure our beloved coast is renewed and preserved for generations to come.

"This case is an insult to the many conservation groups working each and every day to restore our coast. Instead of jeopardizing job creation and energy production in Louisiana with frivolous lawsuits, we should be focusing on ensuring that revenue from offshore drilling and the RESTORE Act is dedicated to coastal restoration instead of trial lawyer windfalls."

Scalise was the lead House sponsor of the RESTORE Act, which dedicates 80% of BP Clean Water Act fines to Gulf Coast states to fully restore our coastal ecosystems and economies in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The RESTORE Act was signed into law last July.

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