NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Historian John Barry is among those launching a new organization formed to boost public support for a south Louisiana flood control board's lawsuit against oil and gas companies over coastal wetlands loss.

Barry was recently ousted from the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East by Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Jindal, who opposes the suit, refused to reappoint Barry after his term expired.

Barry is to discuss plans for the new group Restore Louisiana Now at a Tuesday afternoon news conference.

Meanwhile, the flood control board he once served on is set to consider competing resolutions this week: One would halt action on the lawsuit that says oil and gas companies contributed to loss of coastal wetlands; another would reaffirm the board's plan to press on with the suit.

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