ADVOCATE EDITORIAL APR 5, 2018 - 6:00 AM
After a high court overturned a Baton Rouge federal judge's stay, construction along the entire length of the Bayou Bridge pipeline is now in progress.
It's a $750 million investment and provides construction jobs for the area of the state hard-hit by the collapse of oil and gas prices a few years ago. So this is good economic news, although progress on the pipeline had some bumps across the Atchafalaya Basin.
A divided three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to lift the order stopping construction of the 25 miles or so of the pipeline in the environmentally sensitive basin.
But the builders of the pipeline and its supporters argued all along that the project complied with all state and federal regulations.
Unfairly, in our view, it was targeted by environmental groups because the builder is a venture of Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66. Energy Transfer Partners built the Dakota Access pipeline, the project that sparked a string of violent clashes between protesters and police in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017. Those headlines have been held against the project, which will be 160 miles long and connect energy corridors from Calcasieu Parish to those on the Mississippi River.