Atchafalaya Basin

Atchafalaya Basin

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ayou Bridge Pipeline is committed to ensuring the long-term integrity of the Atchafalaya Basin, and will take extra precaution by using specialized construction techniques where practicable. Building a new state-of-the-art pipeline system and updating the area’s energy infrastructure is important for safe and reliable crude transportation.

As an operating principle, Bayou Bridge Pipeline will work to achieve full restoration of impacted land. Bayou Bridge Pipeline continues to work with federal, state and local officials, as well as environmental and conservation groups to minimize impacts on conservation easements and land in agricultural use.

  • All construction areas will be restored to preconstruction contours and elevations and specifically in the Atchafalaya Basin.
  • There will be no loss of waters of the U.S., there will be no filling of wetlands as a result of construction or operation.
  • Across the basin, the pipeline will be installed below natural grade, it will not reside within any spoil banks.
  • All materials excavated for the trench will be used as backfill resulting in no new or larger spoil banks.
  • Approximately 88% of the pipeline, including the entire crossing of the Atchafalaya Basin, will parallel existing infrastructure such as other pipelines, power lines and roads.
  • Across all agricultural lands, wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin, the pipe will be buried a minimum 48 inches.
  • The pipeline’s construction right-of-way will be minimized in areas where wetland soils are present.
  • Specialized low weight bearing equipment and materials will be used to reduce soil compaction and rutting.
  • The pipeline will install buoyancy control devices, such as concrete pipe coating, as needed to prevent the movement of the pipeline within wetlands.
  • Bayou Bridge Pipeline is committed to restoring 100% of any affected area – at the company’s own expense.
  • Construction will encompass increased pipe cover and separation distance to at least five feet for waterbody crossings and public road drainage ditches and four feet through industrial, commercial or residential areas.

Key Facts

  • Bayou Bridge Pipeline is committed to restoring 100% of any affected area – at the company’s own expense.
  • All construction areas will be restored to preconstruction contours and elevations and specifically in the Atchafalaya Basin.
  • Approximately 88% of the pipeline, including the entire crossing of the Atchafalaya Basin, will parallel existing infrastructure such as other pipelines, power lines and roads.
  • Across all agricultural lands, wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin, the pipe will be buried a minimum 48 inches.
  • The pipeline will install buoyancy control devices, such as concrete pipe coating.

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