Energy Transfer Partners wants to bring their black snake to the Gulf. First step: build the Dakota Access Pipeline. Last step: build the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.
Bayou Bridge would transport fracked oil across the Texas border and through 11 South Louisiana parishes, stretching 163 miles from Lake Charles to St. James. It would destroy over 600 wetland acres and disrupt some 700 waterbodies.
We are working with the No Bayou Bridge Coalition to ensure that the best interests of the community and environment cannot be ignored. The NoBBP Coalition includes:
Bayou Bridge Pipeline…
THREATENS DRINKING WATER. The route runs through Bayou Lafourche, drinking water source for the United Houma Nations and over 300,000 people. A spill of any volume could contaminate drinking water in the region.
THREATENS WETLANDS & WILL WORSEN FLOODING. Wetlands are natural sponges for floodwaters. They are vital to a sustainable Southern Louisiana, and they are already being destroyed. Pipeline construction leaves behind illegal dams, disrupting the Atchafalaya Basin’s natural flow and preventing floodwaters from dissipating.
ABUSES EMINENT DOMAIN. The proposed route for this pipeline would cross private property. The parent company, ETP, has a history of abusing eminent domain. Taking on ETP’s legal team would cost homeowners upwards of $20,000 with no guarantee of success.
IS NOT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST. The U.S. already produces more energy than it needs. Fracked oil from BBP will be exported at the highest bidder, while gulf residents suffer the health and safety consequences. Furthermore, BBP will create only 12 permanent jobs and 2,500 temporary jobs that will go primarily to out-of-state workers.
WILL FURTHER HARM ST. JAMES RESIDENTS. The residents of Freetown in St. James are surrounded by industry. There is no escape (literally, they have no evacuation route or emergency plan beyond “shelter in place”). Residents suffer severe health impacts including asthma, skin rashes, MS, a wide variety of cancers, and more. Industry is already killing their community – to St. James, this is not “just one morepipeline.”