First, the Louisiana Supreme Court appears to have ruled out such claims in a 2005 decision. Second, lawyers tried the same arguments when they sued the Army Corps of Engineers for Hurricane Katrina damages to New Orleans, and got poured out of court. Finally, global warming and flood-control levees themselves probably have more to do with Louisiana’s shrinking coastline than anything the oil companies have done.

In June, Peter Gardner bought a blighted house at 2335 Conti St. from the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority. He was given a year to renovate the small house in Mid-City, so he stabilized it and started to work on financing and architectural plans.

Monday morning, he drove up and was shocked to see that the building was gone — demolished earlier that day by a city contractor.

Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...