The same company building the Dakota Access pipeline — Energy Transfer Partners — is now applying to build the “Bayou Bridge” pipeline, which would carry oil transported via the Dakota Access pipeline from Nederland, Texas, across the state of Louisiana to refineries and international export terminals located here.
More than 400 Water Protectors showed up to pack the first public hearing on Jan. 12 for Bayou Bridge, where members of the public gave testimony about their concerns with Bayou Bridge to the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality, and Army Corps of Engineers.
A second public hearing for the proposed pipeline’s Coastal Use Permit was held in Napoleonville at the Assumption Parish Community Center on Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 6:00 p.m. by the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources.
THANK YOU to everyone who submitted a written public comment on the Bayou Bridge pipeline via Bold Louisiana. The deadline to submit public comments was Feb. 13, 2017. We delivered your comments via this page both in person at the hearings, and electronically to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality and Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources.
BAYOU BRIDGE PIPELINE FACTS
- Bayou Bridge threatens drinking water. The pipeline route runs through Bayou Lafourche, the drinking water supply for the United Houma Nations and at least 300,000 people total. This potential impact remains overlooked and unconsidered.
- Bayou Bridge threatens wetlands. Wetlands are sponges for floodwaters. They are vital to a sustainable Southern Louisiana. A Louisiana state agency, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, is frantically working to save our coast. Bayou Bridge runs directly counter to CPRA’s Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast.
- Bayou Bridge will worsen flooding. Degradation of wetland storm buffers will be significant. The Atchafalaya Basin also drains floodwaters. A new pipeline will act as a dam, disrupting the Basin’s natural flow and preventing floodwater discharge. Acadia and Lafayette Parishes would be especially affected. This sort of water management is furthermore inconsistent with the Atchafalaya Basin Plan.
- Bayou Bridge is a takeover of private lands by eminent domain. This pipe would potentially use eminent domain to seize private property, and create spoil banks of excess dirt in its path. These spoil banks block the free flow of water, flooding landowners and obstructing waterways used by fisherfolk and boaters.
- Bayou Bridge is not in the public interest. Our country already produces more energy than it needs. The fracked oil from Bayou Bridge will be sold to the highest bidders. The pipe would simply provide fuel for greedy interests. People are more important than profits.
- Bayou Bridge represents Energy Transfer Partners. That’s the same company working to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, the same company terrorizing peaceful water protectors. It’s a company with a terrible accident record and a company that hasn’t developed disaster-response plans for Bayou Bridge. The company’s existing right-of-way for Bayou Bridge is even out of permit compliance, right this very moment.
- Climate change is key. Our region already feels its effects. A NOAA study found that human-caused warming made the great Louisiana floods of March and August 40% more likely.