DULAC, La. (AP) — The state's coastal restoration authority has voted to ask a New Orleans-area flood control board to drop its lawsuit seeking damages from nearly 100 oil and gas companies over coastal erosion allegedly caused by dredging and digging for canals and pipelines.

The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/12qrxN7) the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority's decision Wednesday followed a contentious 3½ hour discussion of the decision by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East to file the suit.

CPRA Chairman Garret Graves says the authority would not immediately go to court to enforce the demand on the SLFPAE but said other actions were likely to be taken soon to bring a halt to the lawsuit.

The state says the lawsuit is injuring its efforts to restore wetlands under Louisiana'scoastal Master Plan.