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Feb. 29 appeal date in coastal suit against oil companies

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has set a Feb. 29 hearing date in a lawsuit that pits a south Louisiana flood protection board against dozens of oil companies.

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East hopes to revive the lawsuit it filed in 2013.

The lawsuit sought damages over the loss of coastal wetlands that form a natural hurricane buffer for New Orleans.

A federal judge ruled last year that the board had no legal standing to bring the suit and that the energy companies had no legal duty to protect the board from the effects of coastal erosion.

In related news, National Oilwell Varco closing Louisiana facility.

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