“Put our coast back like you found it”
Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré, the keynote speaker for this coming weekend’s Rising Tide  conference in New Orleans, has added a further distinction to his already impressive curriculum vitae : He adds his voice to a full-page advertisement published in the Times-Picayune, paid for by Levees.org  and the Natural Resources Defense Council , in support of the historic lawsuit  filed July 24 in civil district court in Orleans Parish by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–East against some 100 oil and energy companies active in Louisiana.
In the ad, Honoré, a native of Pointe Coupee Parish, says:
I wish we could count on our government officials to hold the oil companies resposible. But after more than 100 years of oil operations in our state, our governors and legislators have failed to hold the oil companies accountable. As citizens, the only recourse, you and I have left is the courts. The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–East has filed suit against 97 oil companies. The law suit is just asking them to do what our mothers told us growing up: “If you make a mess, you clean it up.”
“I don’t do politics,” Honoré said in an interview Monday quoted by InsuranceJournal.com . “But I do believe in environmental justice.”
The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–East has been under intense pressure from Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal to drop the lawsuit, even though the Authority was authorized to proceed with the suit by Louisiana attorney general Buddy Caldwell. Jindal, who has received some $1 million in donations from oil and energy interests, called the lawsuit “nothing but a windfall for a handful of trial lawyers.”
An August 31 feature  in The New York Times focused on the lawsuit and the political force being pressed upon SLFPA-E, including its vice president, John M. Barry, historian and author of Rising Tide , a bestselling book on the great Mississippi River flood of 1927.
Levees.org founder Sandy Rosenthal said that Lt. Gen. Honoré was not compensated in any way for the ad or for his support of the lawsuit.
Read All About It: For more about the lawsuit, see our post “Louisiana Flood Protection Agency Sues Big Oil to Repair Wetlands ” (7/25/13) and read the New York Times article “Facing Fire Over Challenge to Louisiana’s Oil Industry ” (8/31/13).
The photograph below was taken by our friend Jeffrey of Library Chronicles . Thanks to Jeff for the tip.