You can count Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry as being against the Vermilion Parish coastal lawsuit filed earlier Thursday by 15th Judicial District Attorney Keith Stutes.

AG Landry released this statement today:

“It is disappointing to see the lawsuit filed today in Vermilion Parish – as we have repeatedly conveyed to the coastal parishes that litigation beyond those already filed in Cameron, Jefferson, and Plaquemines were counter-intuitive.  As I said in March – we cannot allow these differing, and competing interests, to push claims which collectively impact the public policy for our coast and our entire State.

Again – we can balance the tremendous benefits of the oil and gas industry and the ongoing coastal crisis. But the creation of superfluous litigation solely benefitting the attorneys involved does not serve that purpose. Furthermore – creating a situation where multiple Courts rule on the same issues will result in inconsistencies, conflicts, and confusion.

We intend to intervene in this lawsuit and any subsequent ones to protect the interests of our State and its people in the most judicious and economical manner.”