July 17, 2009
Thanks to a federal lawsuit filed by student attorneys from the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic in May 2007, a crackdown on mercury contamination is in the near future.
On behalf of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), the Sierra Club, the Gulf Restoration Network (GRN), and the Louisiana Audubon Council, students filed the suit against EnerVest Operating LLC of Houston, Texas, alleging that mercury was leaking from their meters in the Monroe Gas Field.
On July 2, 2009, a coalition of local environmental groups reached a court settlement with EnerVest, who agreed to remove all mercury meters and to clean up mercury-contaminated wetlands and other soils at gas production sites in Ouachita, Union and Morehouse Parishes.
Read more by visiting the Gulf Restoration Network website.