FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 8, 2017

Contact:
Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, 504-452-4909anne@labucketbrigade.org
Jen Nessel, Center for Constitutional Rights, (212) 614-6449jnessel@ccrjustice.org

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Opponents Hold Press Conference at Governor’s Mansion

Petition filed to intervene with National Civil Rights attys to oppose renegade security firm at state licensing hearing 

  • Who:  350 New Orleans; L’eu Est La Vie (Water Is Life) Camp; Louisiana Bucket Brigade; Bold Louisiana; the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights and more.
  • What: A broad base of Louisiana advocacy groups opposed to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will hold a press conference at the Governor’s Mansion, highlighting their filing together with the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights of a petition to intervene in a hearing before the Louisiana State Board of Private Security Examiners regarding the private security firm TigerSwan LLC. TigerSwan is connected to Energy Transfer Partners, one of the owners in the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline, and has applied to operate in Louisiana — but the advocacy groups say their trail of dangerous conduct across the country makes them unfit to operate in the state of Louisiana.
  • Where: The press conference will begin outside the Governor’s Mansion, then move inside (1001 Capitol Access Rd, Baton Rouge, LA 70802). The event will be streamed on Facebook Live via Louisiana Bucket Brigade here.
  • When: 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017. The streaming will start at 11 am.
  • Why: TigerSwan’s record of dangerous conduct and militarized responses to civilian protests shows it has no place in Louisiana. Energy Transfer Partners hired TigerSwan to conduct security operations and surveillance in of opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota; their conduct has led the state board that certifies security firms to deny their licensure.

The groups’ intervention before the State Board comes after they sent letters in July outlining their concern that TigerSwan’s conduct would threaten the safety, health and welfare of Louisianans.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is an environmental health and justice organization using grassroots action to  create an informed, healthy society that hastens the transition from fossil fuels                                                         

The Center for Constitutional Rights is dedicated to advancing and protecting the rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Founded in 1966 by attorneys who represented civil rights movements in the South, CCR is a non-profit legal and educational organization committed to the creative use of law as a positive force for social change. Visit www.ccrjustice.org and follow @theCCR.

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