March 15, 2017
I write in response to a recently published letter ("Voices: What will Louisiana look like in 20 years?"). I don't discredit the notion that tourism and the responsible management of Louisiana's natural resources can bring immense value to the state's economy. However, those goals are not mutually exclusive from the construction of energy infrastructure projects like the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Louisiana can support the energy industry while also preserving its environment.
The oil and gas industry has been a crucial component of our state's economy for decades, providing employment for countless residents and creating opportunity for several industries. If we look 20 years into the future, Louisiana's economy would undoubtedly be much worse off without the energy industry.
It's critical, then, to invest in projects that sustain not only the oil and gas industry but also preserve Louisiana's environmental resources. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline stands as a sterling example of this type of investment. With the ability to transport up to 480,000 barrels per day of crude oil from Lake Charles to St. James, the pipeline will serve as a key connection for refineries in the Baton Rouge area.
And modern pipelines like Bayou Bridge are the safest of their kind, incorporating technological features that protect local communities and particularly environmental resources like the Atchafalaya Basin. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is committed to working with regulators and stakeholders to minimize impacts in these areas.
I would argue that projects like the Bayou Bridge Pipeline can ensure that the economic success and natural beauty of Louisiana are both preserved 20 years down the road and well into the future.
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