Attorney General Jeff Landry filed a
lawsuit against the Corps of Engineers alleging that the Corps expanded the
Intracoastal Waterway in Vermillion Parish beyond the borders set in a 1920s
agreement. Landry says the Corps has increased the size of the waterway far
past what the state imagined, which the AG says has contributed to the decline
of Louisiana’s coastline.
“The Corps of Engineers… many, many years ago when the
intracoastal waterway was constructed and was granted a 300 foot easement they
have neglected that particular servitude.”
Landry says he’s seeking to force the Corps to roll back
the waterway to the limits the state initially agreed to.
“We’re looking for… number one, an injunction against the
corps so that they will put in place, mechanisms by which the servitude is
maintained and then, restore the land that’s been lost.”
The Corps routinely makes arrangements with states that
allow it to construct new waterway projects. Landry says in bigger states, the
Corp wouldn’t have gotten away with the over expansion.
“Those things have a tendency to focus on those much larger
states that’s just how things happen in this country but certainly, it doesn’t
mean that it’s right.”
The Governor has criticized the move, saying that Landry
did not consult with him, or the Coastal Protection and Restoration authority,
the agency charged with developing coastal protection plans, before filing the