"We're not going to allow a single levee board that has been hijacked by a group of trial lawyers to determine flood protection, coastal restoration and economic repercussions for the entire State of Louisiana." — Gov. Bobby Jindal, in a press release issued from Aspen, Colo., regarding the July 24 lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East against 97 oil and gas companies seeking reparations and damages for coastal land loss. Jindal was attending a GOP governor's conference and speaking to the Aspen Institute, whose Board of Trustees includes David Koch, one of the owners of Koch Industries, a defendant in the lawsuit.
"While the coastline disappears, this governor decides to play politics and make demands on an independent board rather than take steps to hold oil and gas companies responsible for their share of the damages." — Lead plaintiff's counsel Glad Jones, in response to Jindal's comments.
"We recognize the controversial nature of this lawsuit and regret its necessity. But the industry has had years to do what it should do, and what in most instances it said it would do. Everyone else has stepped up. ... The one party missing from this conversation is the energy industry." — John Barry, flood authority vice-chair, in an op-ed explaining why he and his fellow board members voted unanimously to sue Big Oil.