Hilcorp Can't Beat La. Fishermen's Clean Water Act Claims

By Christine Powell (January 30, 2017, 7:24 PM EST) -- A Louisiana federal judge on Monday rejected Hilcorp Energy Co.'s bid to completely escape a lawsuit in which an association of oyster fishermen accuses the oil and gas producer of dredging without a permit in violation of the Clean Water Act.

The Louisiana Oysterman Association Inc., a nonprofit whose members lease or fish on oyster reefs in southeast Louisiana and whose mission is to protect the oyster industry and the environment it depends on, filed suit against Hilcorp in June.

Hilcorp quickly moved to dismiss the suit, which alleges that the company undertook a monthlong unpermitted dredging project in January 2016...

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