Letter to the Editor, The Livingston Parish News, June 24, 2018
As we've seen with multiple incidences over the past several months, misinformation is everywhere and can permeate rather quickly.
Journalists' duty is to dig through any potentially false information and reveal truth. When the news media publishes something that's incorrect, it can have major consequences.
So, we have seen within multiple recent incidents, which falsely reported that a district court judge shut down the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The story is based on comments by Elizabeth Livingston de Calderon, an environmental attorney.
In fact, the judge did not sign an order halting construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The order actually "remanded (the matter) to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for further proceedings."
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline has been under stringent review by federal, state, and local authorities for more than a year.
Highly skilled and expert career professionals examined every aspect of this pipeline's planned construction, and found that it would have little to no impact on the environmental as well as the local communities along the route.
Now, in a slow blow to the regulatory process, Judge Alvin Turner Jr. has ordered that the Department of Natural Resource revisit its review of the pipeline.
Judge Turner's ruling is a bit of a discouragement to the project, but it certainly will not halt construction outright.
As public debate of this project is sure to continue, let's make sure we get the facts right.
Louisianans for Energy president