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In this Monday, June 7, 2010 file photo, patches of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill are seen from an underwater vantage, in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Venice, La. Big Oil's legacy in Louisiana _ an industry long blamed for causing land loss in the coast _ is now in dispute like never before. What's changed is the person in the governor's mansion: After eight years of Republican rule, a Democrat is in the mansion.(AP Photo/Rich Matthews, File)

Louisiana politicians go to court blaming Big Oil for coastal ruin

ALLIANCE, La. (AP) —

The oil industry has left a big footprint on Louisiana, but its legacy is being questioned like never before with Democrat John Bel Edwards in the governor’s mansion.

Turning state politics upside-down, leaders of both parties are taking Big Oil to court, seeking billions in damages for making the coast sink into the sea.

Industry lawyers blame damage on levees built to control the Mississippi River. And one executive calls the lawsuits a hypocritical shakedown, given the industry’s $73 billion economic impact.

A Delaware-sized stretch of Louisiana is gone forever, but the politicians hope to save what’s left.

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In this June 15, 2010 file photo, a member of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s staff reaches into thick oil on the surface of the northern regions of Barataria Bay in Plaquemines Parish, La. Big Oil’s legacy in Louisiana _ an industry long blamed for causing land loss in the coast, is now in dispute like never before. What’s changed is the person in the governor’s mansion: After eight years of Republican rule, a Democrat is in the mansion. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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