JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal three-judge panel has agreed to review a lower court's ruling that a group of Mississippi coastal landowners can sue energy and chemical companies on allegations that linked greenhouse gas emissions to Hurricane Katrina.

The lawsuit alleges that greenhouse gas emissions from energy and chemical companies contributed to global warming, caused sea levels to rise and added to the intensity of Hurricane Katrina. Filed by landowners in U.S. District Court in Gulfport in September 2005, the lawsuit had been dismissed in 2007 and reinstated in 2009.

The companies appealed the reinstatement.

The panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on May 1 in New Orleans.

In their petition for a review by the full 5th Circuit, the companies argued that global warming was not attributable only to them but resulted from the emissions of greenhouse gases from millions of sources dating back to the Industrial Revolution.

The landowners alleged they had suffered an injury that could be traced back to the energy and chemical companies. The landowners had sought compensatory and punitive damages against 32 companies and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

To post a comment, please log into your IND account. If you do not have an account, click the "register" button to create one. Facebook comments can be used as an alternative to creating an account at theIND.com.

feed-image RSS Feed
Loading
Chart
ABiz Stock Watch
o Home Bancorp 22.35 ▲0.17 (0.77%)
o Frank's International 23.02 ▼0.05 (-0.22%)
o IberiaBank Corp 66.58 ▲0.80 (1.22%)
o LHC Group 21.63 ▲0.08 (0.37%)
o MidSouth Bancorp 18.72 ▼0.06 (-0.32%)
o Petroquest Energy 6.83 ▼0.19 (-2.71%)
o PHI Inc. 38.10 ▼0.36 (-0.94%)
o Superior Energy 35.89 ▲0.34 (0.96%)
o Stone Energy 40.99 ▲0.34 (0.84%)
o Teche Holding 71.82 (%)
o Facebook Inc. 74.98 ▲3.69 (5.18%)
o Twitter Inc. 38.71 ▲0.96 (2.54%)
o Gannett 33.47 ▲0.31 (0.93%)
NYSE:HBCP

Home Bancorp

Company ID [NYSE:HBCP] Last trade:22.35 Trade time:3:59PM EDT Value change:▲0.17 (0.77%)
NYSE:FI

Frank's International

Company ID [NYSE:FI] Last trade:23.02 Trade time:4:03PM EDT Value change:▼0.05 (-0.22%)
NYSE:IBKC

IberiaBank Corp

Company ID [NYSE:IBKC] Last trade:66.58 Trade time:3:59PM EDT Value change:▲0.80 (1.22%)
NYSE:LHCG

LHC Group

Company ID [NYSE:LHCG] Last trade:21.63 Trade time:3:59PM EDT Value change:▲0.08 (0.37%)
NYSE:MSL

MidSouth Bancorp

Company ID [NYSE:MSL] Last trade:18.72 Trade time:4:02PM EDT Value change:▼0.06 (-0.32%)
NYSE:PQ

Petroquest Energy

Company ID [NYSE:PQ] Last trade:6.83 Trade time:4:02PM EDT Value change:▼0.19 (-2.71%)
NYSE:PHII

PHI Inc.

Company ID [NYSE:PHII] Last trade:38.10 Trade time:2:53PM EDT Value change:▼0.36 (-0.94%)
NYSE:SPN

Superior Energy

Company ID [NYSE:SPN] Last trade:35.89 Trade time:4:04PM EDT Value change:▲0.34 (0.96%)
NYSE:SGY

Stone Energy

Company ID [NYSE:SGY] Last trade:40.99 Trade time:4:01PM EDT Value change:▲0.34 (0.84%)
NYSE:TSH

Teche Holding

Company ID [NYSE:TSH] Last trade:71.82 Trade time:4:03PM EDT Value change: (%)
NYSE:FB

Facebook Inc.

Company ID [NYSE:FB] Last trade:74.98 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▲3.69 (5.18%)
NYSE:TWTR

Twitter Inc.

Company ID [NYSE:TWTR] Last trade:38.71 Trade time:4:00PM EDT Value change:▲0.96 (2.54%)
NYSE:GCI

Gannett

Company ID [NYSE:GCI] Last trade:33.47 Trade time:4:05PM EDT Value change:▲0.31 (0.93%)
Advertisement

Read the Flipping Paper!

Click Here for the Entire Print Version of
ABiz
 
Advertisement
Advertisement