The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is slated to run 162 miles across South Louisiana, crossing the Atchafalaya Basin, destroying wetlands and disrupting the natural water flow. This could potentially negatively impact the crawfishers who work there and worsen flooding. The pipeline would also cross Bayou Lafourche, threatening the drinking water of 300,000 people. The pipeline would end in St. James, a majority-black community already suffering under a glut of local petrochemical facilities.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is designed for oil export, meaning it would only create 12 permanent jobs. The trade off is giving free reign to Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company responsible for the Dakota Access Pipeline. ETP has a terrible accident record, and was responsible for several oil spills in Ohio when they were constructing a pipeline there earlier this year.
We've called on this topic before, but the Governor has still not ordered an Environmental Impact Statement to assess and quantify the threats to South Louisiana that the pipeline poses. To turn up the heat, various local environmental groups have been visiting the Governor's Mansion and his office at the State Capitol every Tuesday in October.
If you would like to join in next week's rally (they're carving pipeline-themed pumpkins!), please contact NoBayouBridge@gmail.com
WHO TO CALL:
Governor John Bel Edwards: (225) 342-0991
Reminders: Identify where you're calling from (town and zip code is fine) so they know you're an actual constituent. Be concise – the office will get through more calls that way. Be polite and don't argue with the staffer – they don't set policy. If you get a voicemail, then leave a message. And if you get a busy signal – call back later!
Hi, my name is [Your Name] from New Orleans, zip code 70118 [or wherever you're from].
I'm calling because I'm concerned there has been no Environmental Impact Statement for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. This project should not proceed until we know exactly what effects this pipeline will have on our drinking water, wetlands, and flooding. Please demand that the Louisiana DEQ and the Army Corps of Engineers produce an Environmental Impact Statement before any Construction begins.
Thank you for your time and your hard work answering the phones. Stay safe out there.
This call is courtesy of Metairie Indivisible.