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

The  battle among the board overseeing the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East over its lawsuit against oil and gas companies continues at a special meeting Thursday, with just one item on the agenda: Reaffirming support for the suit and authorizing attorneys to continue their work.

The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m.; I’ll live-blog it here.

A similar resolution was tabled at the panel’s November meeting when new board members, who oppose the lawsuit, persuaded a majority to delay action on it until the Legislative Auditor finishes a report on the terms of the board’s contract with its attorneys.

The board unanimously supported the resolution to file the suit last summer, but it drew fierce opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal. When three seats on the board came open in September, the governor appointed three new members who oppose the suit.

The motions to request the auditor’s review and to table a motion reaffirming support were made by those new members.

Board member Stephen Estopinal, who made the motion at that meeting to reaffirm support for the suit, said he didn’t make the current motion. He said he is confident it will pass this time, but added, “I’ve been disappointed before.”

The meeting will be held at the Orleans Levee District headquarters at 6920 Franklin Ave.

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