July 16, 2018 - We are aware of tree sits that have been erected in the Atchafalaya Basin and the plans of those who have constructed them. If there are persons currently in any of the tree sits, we encourage them to come down and leave the area - not only because this is an active construction site, but because of the hot temperatures in the Basin this time of year. Any extended exposure could put people at a significant health risk.
We have notified local law enforcement anyone in a tree sit is trespassing on our right-of-way. We are working with law enforcement to ensure the safety of our workers and that of all others in the area. We hope for the protection of all involved that this situation can be quickly diffused.
June 6, 2018 - We want to set the record straight about our construction activities in St. James Parish, Louisiana, regarding the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Contrary to what is falsely being said by those who oppose the project, our construction is in compliance with the law. This has been affirmed in a letter from the Executive Counsel at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which states that its staff followed procedure and the law appropriately when approving the permit. The letter further states that it is the DNR's position that there is neither cause nor a defensible legal position to issue any cease and desist order to Bayou Bridge in this matter.
Our construction activities have been and will continue to adhere to the stipulations of our permits. Our commitment to the safe construction and operation of this pipeline remains a top priority. We understand there have been some outspoken opposition that are trying to disseminate false information to sway public opinion. We have seen this done time and time again for critical infrastructure projects like Bayou Bridge, and we want to set the record straight that we will continue to follow all applicable permits to build and operate this project.
March 27, 2018 - Unfortunately, one of our contractors recently experienced vandalism to multiple pieces of equipment along our right-of-way in Assumption Parish, Louisiana, causing significant damage and potentially harmful environmental impacts. We understand there will always be varying opinions about critical infrastructure projects like the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and we respect the rights of all to peacefully protest, however, destruction of equipment is not peaceful. What we find most concerning is the environmental damage caused by those who say they are "protecting the environment." An investigation into the incident in cooperation with local law enforcement is underway. Construction continues in compliance with all of our permit conditions on this much-needed infrastructure project.
We are excited to have concluded the more than two-year permitting process, which has allowed us to begin construction. The construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will take place in what we call "spreads" with multiple spreads under construction simultaneously across the entire route. Construction is estimated to be complete in the second half of 2018.
Construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will provide an estimated 2,500 local construction jobs that support Louisiana families, generate an estimated $17.6 million in sales tax for local businesses such as restaurants, hotels and shops, and an estimated $35 million to date in new investments with Louisiana-based companies. Additionally, Bayou Bridge will pay annual property taxes on the pipeline. These taxes are estimated to be $1.8 million the first year the pipeline is in service.
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The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is Sourced 100% with Pipe Made in the United States
- Approximately 88% of the pipeline, including the entire crossing of the Atchafalaya Basin, will parallel existing infrastructure such as other pipelines, power lines and roads.
- The project will reduce truck, rail and waterborne crude oil transportation, which will increase the overall safety to the public and the environment.
- The project will provide long- and short-term economic benefits to Louisiana via the consumption of goods and services.
- Across all agricultural lands, wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin, the pipe will be buried a minimum 48 inches.
- The pipeline will install buoyancy control devices, such as concrete pipe coating.
- Bayou Bridge Pipeline is committed to restoring 100% of any affected area - at the company's own expense - if there are any impacts from construction or during long term operations.
Taken in total, Louisiana's energy industry supplies:
- $1.5 Billion in state taxes (FY '13)
- $20.5 Billion in Household Income
- A total boost to Louisiana's treasury of $2.9 Billion