Letters: Pipeline will be a benefit to Louisiana

Letters: Pipeline will be a benefit to Louisiana

Letters to the Editor, Houma Courier, May 12, 2017

 

It's not news that oil and gas have been critical to the economy of Louisiana. But even a cursory look at the massive economic impact of the energy industry in Louisiana made me start thinking of the possibilities that the Bayou Bridge Pipeline could hold for our community in particular - and throughout the state.

 

Louisiana's energy industry has employed thousands of our residents for decades. When you add our crude oil capacity to this picture, the value of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline speaks for itself. The pipeline will transport up to 480,000 barrels of crude oil per day from Lake Charles to St. James. During construction, the project will create as many as 2,500 construction jobs. If you start to consider the routine spending associated with these new jobs as workers visit local businesses to purchase food, goods and services, our community really stands to benefit.

 

Most importantly, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will transport this crude oil safely. Company officials have been vocal in their commitment to actively protect and preserve our environmental resources and habitats.

 

This commitment to Louisiana and its residents takes real form when you consider the amount of money that the pipeline is projected to generate. The millions that are expected to come in through taxes stand to make a big difference for the services we use each and every day - from roads to bridges, from schools to emergency response teams.

 

I strongly encourage the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to approve the Bayou Bridge Pipeline to help drive economic growth in Louisiana, and help make Louisiana a safer place to live.

 

Arnold Baker

CEO, Baker Ready Mix Concrete and Building Materials

New Orleans