Exnicios of the New Orleans law firm of Liska, Exnicios & Nungesser, and Conrad S.P. Martin & Williams, have filed a class action lawsuit against a number of major oil companies they say are actually responsible for Hurricane Katrina’s devastation of New Orleans.
The lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court For The Eastern District of Louisiana, temporarily operating out of Lafayette, LA and Houma, LA, alleges that the major oil companies’ oil, gas and pipeline exploration and drilling activities throughout Southeast Louisiana resulted in ecological damages to such an extent that coastal marshes were destroyed which previously had protected New Orleans naturally from Katrina level hurricane force winds and tidal surges.
“We believe it’s the right time to pinpoint who’s essentially responsible for the devastation caused by Katrina in the first place - the major oil and gas companies, who haphazardly dredged thousands of miles of exploration and drill site canals throughout South Louisiana to extract oil and gas.”
These companies together destroyed over 100 miles of terra firma between the mouth of the Mississippi River and the City of New Orleans, and its time now for a just reckoning of the devastating outcome of their quest for profits over the safety of the people and destruction of property in New Orleans.
Exnicios said that thousands of miles of pipeline and drilling rig location canals were dredged throughout southeastern Louisiana in the 100 miles between the mouth of the Mississippi River and New Orleans.
Before the 1930s and 40s when “Big Oil” began dredging the thousands of their canals that today crisscross the Mississippi River Delta, the coastal marshlands provided an almost 100-mile natural barrier between the Gulf of Mexico and the City of New Orleans.