Bold Louisiana director Cherri Foytlin speaks at a press conference about the Phillips 66 pipeline explosion in Paradis, LA. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)
Anne Rolfes (Louisiana Bucket Brigade) speaks at a press conference about the Phillips 66 pipeline explosion in Paradis, LA. (Photo: Julie Dermansky)


Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, 504-452-4909,
Cherri Foytlin, Bold Louisiana, 334-462-4484,


Gulf Advocates Hold Press Conference in Baton Rouge to Address Phillips 66 Pipeline Explosion

Unexplained pipeline tragedy comes as state agencies weigh controversial Bayou Bridge pipeline project

New Orleans — A coalition of Gulf advocates will hold a press conference on Monday to address the tragic Phillips 66 pipeline explosion just as state agencies are weighing the application for Energy Transfer Partners’ proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline.

  • WHAT: Press Conference—Gulf advocates address pipeline accident
  • WHO: Anne Rolfes (Louisiana Bucket Brigade), Gen. Russel Honore (Green Army), Cherri Foytlin (Bold Louisiana)
  • WHEN: Monday, Feb. 13, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: LA Dept. of Environmental Quality, 602 N Fifth Street, Baton Rouge, LA  

The proposed Bayou Bridge project is an extension of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The 160-mile pipeline would run through eleven parishes, from Lake Charles to St. James, cutting across nearly 600 acres of wetlands, 700 bodies of water, and causing significant harm to the commercial crawfishing industry.

A crowd of more than 200 citizens turned out to rally and deliver testimony against the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline at a public hearing held by the Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources on Feb. 8 at the Assumption Parish Community Center in Napoleonville.

At the first public hearing on the pipeline on Jan. 12, over 400 concerned citizens packed an overflowing hearing room in Baton Rouge during a marathon 5 ½ hour hearing where over 70 citizens testified in opposition to Bayou Bridge before the Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers — with pipeline opponents estimated to have outnumbered those testifying in favor of the pipeline by 5-to-1.

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