Do Not Approve Another Dirty, Dangerous Pipeline

Target: Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, Commanding General of the Army Corps of Engineers

Goal: Do not approve the Bayou Bridge pipeline extension.

Louisiana just might be the next battlefield in the saga of people versus pipelines. Energy Transfer Partners (the same company behind DAPL) is now turning their sights to the bayou, where they intend to build a pipeline extension that would traverse eight watersheds, 700 bodies of water, and 600 acres of fragile wetlands. The Bayou Bridge pipeline extension would be the tail end of the Dakota Access route, carrying crude oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast. Locals are already gearing up to protest, promising that, if the permit for this project is granted, activists will make this site into the next Standing Rock.

Hundreds of concerned citizens attended a public hearing on the proposal in Baton Rouge – climate activists, indigenous leaders, fishermen, rice farmers, health care professionals, and other citizens who stand to be affected by the pipeline’s proposed route. Energy Transfer Partners touted the jobs and other economic benefits that would be created by the project. In fact, the bulk of jobs would only be temporary. The environmental costs, on the other hand, could be much more permanent.

The current estimate is that the Bayou Bridge pipeline would irreparably destroy 77 acres of wetlands in the Atchafalaya watershed, temporarily affecting another 171 aces. Atchafalaya Basin is the largest natural swamp in the U.S., and is already under extreme stress from other sources of pollution. Additionally, the pipeline would endanger wells that supply drinking water to as many as 300,000 households, according to reports.

The Army Corps of Engineers has a change to halt this project. Tell the Corps it must prepare a thorough Environmental Impact Statement for Bayou Bridge. To grant a permit for the project as currently proposed would be irresponsible, and would violate the wishes of many concerned parties.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Lieutenant General Semonite,

I am writing to urge the Army Corps of Engineers not to issue a permit for the Bayou Bridge pipeline extension. As I’m sure you’re aware, this project has already raised many concerns and generated many opponents – evidenced by the fact that the recent public hearing in Baton Rouge lasted five and a half hours. Impassioned speakers testified about the ways they would be affected by the pipeline. I hope you will listen to them.

Bayou Bridge would irreversibly damage stretches of precious wetlands in Atchafalaya Basin, endanger sources of drinking water, and negatively affect industries like rice farming and crawfishing in the region. In turn, it would create a mere 12 permanent jobs.

The Army Corps of Engineers must draft an Environmental Impact Statement to fully investigate the threats this project poses. If you permit the pipeline as it is, you can be assured the water protectors will be ready for another fight.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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6 Comments

  1. Brenda Denno says:

    In just building this pipeline, there would be immeasurable damage done to the land, bodies of water, and wildlife. Then of course there would be leaks and inevitably spills which would cause more devastation. Energy Transfer Partners must not be allowed to do it’s destroying work there or anywhere else!

  2. DUMP THE BAYOU BRIDGE PIPELINE EXTENSION

  3. Anne Moeller Anne Moeller says:

    STOP this pipeline from being built for the GREEDY oil companies- Invest in protecting this fragile environment and ALL living in and around it. Anne Moeller

  4. Tina shurtleff says:

    The republicans cannot stand the idea of clean energy or protecting our wildlife. They take in Hugh campaign contributions from big oil, big ag, chemical companies and hunting and ranching lobbying. It’s time to send them a strong message by voting these extremists out and making big oil clean up their messes. Wyoming is actually trying to pass a law to prevent wind and solar in their state. I’m voting in every election no matter how small for clean energy pro wildlife candidates

  5. “Dirty, dangerous pipeline”?? Pipelines are the safest and most reliable means of transferring products. They are not involved in wrecks, are pretty much impervious to the weather, and have much less of a record of spillage or problems than any other means of transfer. Build the pipeline!!

  6. Old Money perpetuates “old thinking”. Pipelines fall into that category!

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