An association that represents levee boards in Louisiana has voted to oppose a lawsuit filed by one south Louisiana flood control authority against oil, gas and pipeline companies.

The Association of Levee Boards of Louisiana made the decision Friday in a closed-door meeting.

The lawsuit filed by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East.

The suit blames oil, gas and pipeline companies for dredging and canal-cutting that it says have contributed to coastal wetlands loss that makes New Orleans more vulnerable to storms.

Governor Bobby Jindal and the oil and gas industry have condemned the lawsuit.