Conflict in Cajun Country: Will the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Become Louisiana's Standing Rock?

About the Conflict in Cajun Country: Will the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Become Louisiana's Standing Rock? Series

At the far end of the controversial Dakota Access pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners is proposing to build the Bayou Bridge pipeline to carry fracked oil from North Dakota to the Gulf Coast. Cutting through the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun Country, the pipeline would traverse the Atchafalaya Basin, a national heritage area which is already criss-crossed by hundreds of pipelines and littered with thousands of abandoned wells. 

The pipeline’s supporters tout the economic benefits and relative safety of moving oil by pipeline. Meanwhile, its opponents cite concerns about the threat of an oil spill and further damage to the Atchafalaya Basin, and warn that the Bayou Bridge battle could escalate to the levels against the Dakota Access pipeline at Standing Rock.

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A Louisiana state appeals court has ruled that the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Company illegally “trampled” on the rights of landowners by starting pipeline construction without the landowners’ permissio...
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Since October 2018, the Mississippi River has been running high, thanks in part to heavier-than-usual rainfall across its northern and central stretches. And when the water flows high on the most ...
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On December 27, a state* appeals court ordered a Louisiana’s sheriff’s department and its sheriff to release information about its officers’ trip to North Dakota during the heated protests against ...
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After three landowners filed a legal challenge against Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC’s right to build a pipeline on their land — which it did without their permission — the case concluded this week wi...
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High water in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin and direct actions against the Bayou Bridge pipeline threaten to further delay work on the pipeline. However, it likely will be finished before the compa...
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Karen Savage, an award-winning investigative reporter, did not expect to be arrested as she covered Energy Transfer Partners’ controversial construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline through Louisia...
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A day before a federal court reaffirmed Bayou Bridge LLC could keep building an oil pipeline through Louisiana’s Atchafalaya Basin, I stood on a cypress tree stump there, viewing the destroyed tree...