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This context of apparent corruption is especially important in the context of Governor Bobby Jindal’s reported attempts to kill a lawsuit by the SLFPAE [Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East] against around 100 oil, gas and pipeline companies. We can’t say enough about the importance of this lawsuit and potential landmark nature of it as far as holding companies responsible for external costs (environmental damages). Not only have pipelines and canals broken up and destroyed marsh (wetlands) which protect Louisiana from hurricane winds and storm-surge but pumping oil out has contributed to subsidence (sinking). Note that when the terms of John Barry, who spearheaded the suit, and two other board members of the SLFPAE expired earlier this month, Governor Bobby Jindal replaced them “with appointees who promised to try to get the board to kill the suit.” http://www.johnmbarry.com/bio.htm See also: http:// jonesswanson.com/ http://jonesswanson.com/oil-gas-and-pipeline-companies-sued-for-louisiana-coastal-land-loss-and-flood-risk-according-to-slfpa-e/ Please also see all of our other related reblogs. These articles are all especially important as Governor Bobby Jindal postures himself to move from being a Louisiana problem to being a National and by extension an International problem.
The State of Louisiana creates an incredibly powerful Governor’s office. By many accounts, the Governor makes over 1700 appointments to Boards or Commissions in the State. And the true number is probably even higher than this.
Each one of these appointments is a plum spot with its own constituency. Some even have major powers over large pieces of state government, such as the Board of Regents or the LSU Board of Supervisors. Some hold the keys to private fiefdoms of power, including gaming boards or those overseeing state assets.
Tom Aswell finds an interesting nexus between the Governor’s official duties of doling out these critical appointments and the responsibilities of filling his campaign warchest. It seems like one person is responsible for both duties. And this is a major problem for the public:
For eight months, from Oct. 16…
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