By JR Ball, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, February 16, 2017
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has thrown his support behind the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline, saying the 163-mile project, despite controversy, is the safest way to move crude oil to refineries across the Gulf South. He endorsed the project Wednesday (Jan. 15) on his monthly radio show.
“There is no way to move crude in significant quantities that doesn’t have some risk associated with it,” Edwards said some four minutes into the show, broadcast by the Louisiana Radio Network. “But ultimately the pipeline is much safer than moving it on trains or on trucks.”
Energy Transfer Partners, in a joint venture with subsidiaries of Phillips 66 and Sunoco Logistics, is seeking federal and state approval to build the $670 million pipeline between Lake Charles to an oil terminal in St. James Parish. It would cross 11 parishes and the Atchafalaya Basin.
Supporters say the pipeline will not only generate tax revenue and help a struggling oil and gas sector, but also is the safest and most efficient way to transport crude oil. Environmentalists and dozens of crawfishermen argue the pipeline should not be built because of potential damage to the environment, Louisiana’s disappearing coastline and the Atchafalaya Basin’s fishing grounds. Critics also say Louisiana should get out of the fossil fuel business and focus on renewable energy sources such as offshore wind.
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