As is well known, Louisiana is losing approximately a football field of marsh every ninety minutes. The marsh not only affords us the opportunity to hunt and fish, but it also provides the invaluable service of buffering in-land property during a hurricane.
Many landowners entered into right-of-way agreements with various pipeline companies whereby promises were made to keep the canal from exceeding the width of a specified number of feet. If a landowner’s canal has exceeded the promised width, then the landowner can ask the pipeline companies to restore his marsh in accord with the terms of the contract.
For more on this subject, read the following article, which delves into how courts have evaluated restoration-of-marsh damages. Louisianans, families, and communities must be allowed to enjoy the protection and bounty of their wetlands for generations to come.