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Ousted Flood Control Board Member Forms New Group

Ousted Flood Control Board Member Forms New Group

Historian John Barry is among those launching a new organization formed to boost public support for a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal wetlands loss.

Barry was recently ousted from the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Jindal, who opposes the suit, refused to reappoint Barry after his term expired.

Barry discussed plans for the new nonprofit group — Restore Louisiana Now — at a Tuesday afternoon news conference at a restaurant on Lake Pontchartrain.

The flood control board he once served on is set to consider a resolution halting action on its lawsuit, which says oil and gas companies contributed to loss of coastal wetlands. Barry predicted Tuesday the board will vote to continue the suit.

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