The first five Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Act (“CZMA”) cases to be set for trial have been chosen. The Plaintiffs selected Parish of Plaquemines v. Rozel Operating Company, et al., Parish of Plaquemines v. ConocoPhillips Company, et al., and Parish of Plaquemines v. Hilcorp Energy Company, et al. The Defendants picked Parish of Plaquemines v. Equitable Petroleum Corporation, et al. and Parish of Plaquemines v. Helis Oil & Gas Company, LLC, et al. The approximate locations of the fields involved in the trial cases are shown below:
At a recent status conference for all Plaquemines Parish CZMA cases held September 18, 2017, the Court informed the parties that he intends to set all five trials during 2019 with the first trial—Rozel—to begin in January of that year. While the exact trial schedule remains to be determined, the parties intend to submit proposed scheduling orders to the Court in the near term. In the other sixteen Plaquemines Parish CZMA cases, the parties have agreed to suspend all discovery deadlines whilethey prepare Rozel, ConocoPhillips, Hilcorp, Equitable, and Helis for trial.
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