By John Guidroz, American Press, February 10, 2017
Calcasieu Parish police jurors on Thursday approved a resolution in support of the $750 million Bayou Bridge pipeline project, but some officials said property that the pipeline runs through should be restored to its original condition.
District 12 Police Juror Judd Bares said he heard from a Carlyss resident whose property was disrupted by the project and not restored. Bares said the landowner already has "11 other pipelines running through" the property.
"We want to make sure they do the right thing and live up to the standards that were there before they came," he said. "As they traverse through people's fields and farms, they should leave it like they found it."
Bares said he hasn't heard concerns from any other property owners in his district. He said he supports the Bayou Bridge project.
"It's still the safest way," Bares said of the pipeline. "I'd rather that than more 18-wheeler tanker truck traffic."
District 6 Police Juror Dennis Scott said he is "100 percent in favor of the project." But he said those in charge should be held accountable and make sure the land is protected.
"Our society, our culture, our environment is important," Scott said.
Scott said the science behind the pipeline could benefit some of the coastal areas in Southwest Louisiana.
"The tax base that's going to be able to be drawn from this is going to help restore and protect some of our coast," he said. "I do think they're going to be good neighbors, but it's up to us to make sure they are good neighbors."
The 163-mile Bayou Bridge pipeline would span from Lake Charles to St. James Parish. It could transport up to 480,000 barrels of petroleum products per day.
A recent study by the LSU Center for Energy Studies said the project would provide Louisiana with a roughly $830 million economic benefit this year and produce more than $103 million in new wages and employee compensation.
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