John Barry

John Barry Explains Creation of Restore Louisiana Now Non-profit Organization

John Barry speaking about the formation of Restore Louisiana Now. 

Source: Mark Schleifstein /

Ousted Flood Authority Member Launches Nonprofit to Support Lawsuit

Advocates for the East Bank levee authority’s suit against oil and gas companies on Tuesday officially launched a nonprofit group aimed at blocking possible legislative interference with the suit and shoring up support for other similar efforts.

The new group, Restore Louisiana Now, primarily will focus on holding energy companies accountable for widespread damage to coastal wetlands caused by oil and gas exploration, said former Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East Commissioner John Barry, the group’s president.

Source: Jeff Adelson / The Advocate 

Live Video Thursday: John Barry Discusses Coastal Loss at Newsmakers Event

At a Lens event Thursday morning, environmental reporter Bob Marshall will interview author John Barry about his role in a controversial lawsuit against the oil and gas industry for coastal loss. He lost his seat on a local levee board due to his leadership on that suit. Tuesday, Barry announced that he had formed a nonprofit group to lobby for coastal restoration.

The event will be held at Basin Street Station & Visitors’ Center. A light breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m. and the program begins at 8 a.m. To RSVP, contact Eileen Loh. If you can’t make it, you can watch the video stream here.

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