Attorney General files suit to protect offshore revenue

Attorney General files suit to protect offshore revenue
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 - 4:58pm

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, on behalf of Louisiana, filed a civil lawsuit this week against the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) over the federal government’s redrawing of the Gulf boundaries that determine how states receive mineral royalties. Under this reallocation, Louisiana would be required to share some of its royalties from the past 25 years with Texas and Mississippi.

“I am committed to ensuring that offshore mineral production royalties continue to benefit Louisiana’s citizens,” said Attorney General Buddy Caldwell. “Our attorneys are working hard on this lawsuit filed to protect Louisiana’s offshore revenue, and we certainly appreciate the support expressed by Senator David Vitter today.”

The allocated funds, which are constitutionally dedicated to schools, universities, and coastal restoration, come from mineral royalties in a three-mile zone beyond the states’ immediate waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

The lawsuit, filed in Washington, D.C. federal court, contends that DOI failed to follow the legal mandates of the Administrative Procedures Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Submerged Lands Act, and the Federal Debt Collection Act, in redrawing the boundaries of the Gulf.

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