Recently, State Rep. Beryl Amedee (R-Gray) addressed the St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce legislative breakfast. She stated that the so -called “legacy lawsuits” contribute to the the state’s slow job recovery, noting the backlog of legacy lawsuits against the oil industry.
These ‘legacy lawsuits’ go after the oil industry whereby property owners attempt to reclaim damage done to their land by oil companies. In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Corbello v. Iowa Production, that it was possible for property owners to recover from oil companies the costs necessary to restore their property to its original condition, regardless of the value of the property.
It is these types of suit that some claim have put Louisiana at an economic disadvantage.
Proponents argue that the oil companies have damages so much land in Louisiana, that it is necessary to restore our lands to usable condition.
Since the decision was made the the US Supreme Court level, there is not much that can be done to change the law, unless there is another case that the Court selects to hear and change the rules for these suits.
Typically, a legacy lawsuit refers to a lawsuit by a landowner claiming that oil and gas operations, often many years ago, caused his property to become polluted and contaminated. These suits typically name every operator who ever worked at the site as defendants, often going back decades. Legislation was enacted to balance the rights of landowners with the requirement to clean up sites.
If you have land that may be contaminated, or you feel you have been wronged, call the InjuredGO.com Law Firm at (225) 933-1500 or visit www.injuredGo.com.