Judge: Governor’s Office Complied With Public Records Law

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office complied with Louisiana’s public records law in responding to an environmental group’s request for documents about an oil pipeline project, a judge ruled Friday.

State District Court Judge Wilson Fields refused to order Edwards’ office to conduct another search for records requested by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade.

The group asked for records of meetings or communications between Edwards’ staff and representatives of companies building the Bayou Bridge pipeline in south Louisiana.

Edwards’ office said a search error initially prevented it from retrieving emails about a January 2017 meeting between Edwards and former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a consultant for one of the pipeline companies.

Bucket Brigade attorney Pamela Spees argued the mistake suggests  a more complete search could turn up additional records. Read more…