Council approves Freeport McMoran settlement

Little about the Plaquemines Parish Council’s April 23 Zoom meeting was remarkable until an oil and gas industry lobbying group went and remarked on it.

During the meeting, the council had a brief discussion on a resolution to approve a partial settlement in its litigation with Freeport Sulphur Company and Freeport McMoran Oil & Gas LLC. In September 2019 Freeport became the first and only of multiple oil and gas companies being sued by multiple parishes to agree to settle, offering $100 million to repair damage caused by laying pipelines and digging wells in coastal wetlands decades ago. No dollar figures have been announced for Plaquemines or any other parish in the settlement with Freeport. The council’s resolution simply specified which settlement it was accepting while maintaining suits against 21 other companies.

The council’s resolution passed 6-0-2-1 with District M 2 council member Beau Black and District 9 council member Mark Cognevich abstaining. District 1 council member John Barthelemy was not on the Zoom conference.

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