New Orleans Councilman Jason Rogers Williams

Advocate staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER

City Councilman Jason Williams last week announced, then pulled back, a resolution asking Mayor Mitch Landrieu to sue oil and gas companies for damage to Louisiana's wetlands.

The resolution would have called on Landrieu to join a half-dozen parishes that have sued the energy industry in recent years, a move that has had the support of Gov. John Bel Edwards.

But even though he planned to present the measure at Thursday’s City Council meeting, Williams withdrew it at the last minute, apparently because not all of his colleagues were ready to go forward.

The resolution would urge but not force the administration to file a lawsuit.

In an interview prior to his final State of the City speech, in which he presented a plan to address the “existential threat” of climate change, Landrieu said he has not made up his mind about whether to add New Orleans to the list of local governments that are suing the oil and gas companies.

Landrieu said he expects to make a decision on whether to file suit before his term is up next year.