The OIL and GAS Industry has extracted about $470 BILLION in natural resources from the state of LOUISIANA in the last two decades, with the tacit blessing of the federal and state governments and without significant opposition from environmental groups!!!
Oil and gas is, after all, Louisiana’s leading industry, responsible for around a billion dollars in annual tax revenue. Last year, industry executives had reason to be surprised, then, when they were asked to pay damages.
The request came in the form of the most ambitious, wide-ranging environmental lawsuit in the history of the United States.
The suit was served by the most unlikely of antagonists, a former college-football coach, competitive weight lifter and author of dense, intellectually robust 500-page books of American history: JOHN M. BARRY.
This week, NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE Journalist NATHANIEL RICH details his ravels to The BAYOU STATE to meet with JOHN M. BARRY and get a grip on The MOST AMBITIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUIT EVER.