The Bayou Bridge pipeline is capable of and currently delivers multiple grades of crude oil from terminal hub facilities in Nederland, Texas, to terminal facilities and refineries in Lake Charles, Louisiana. There is currently an expansion project underway, which will allow the Bayou Bridge Pipeline to connect to an existing market hub in St. James, Louisiana. The new segment of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will consist of approximately 163 miles of buried 24-inch pipe and will run from Lake Charles, Louisiana to St. James, Louisiana. Crude from the St. James terminalling facilities will then be redistributed to refineries located in the Baton Rouge area.
Questions, Answers, and Addressing Common Misconceptions
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline currently runs from terminal hub facilities in Nederland, Texas, to terminal facilities and refineries in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and is being expanded to connect to an existing market hub in St. James, Louisiana.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline will provide Gulf Coast refineries more efficient and sustainable access to North American crude oil and will help to diversify the supply of crude available. It will provide a safer and more efficient transportation system, which ultimately will benefit those who live and work along the Gulf Coast region by reducing the amount currently transported by rail, barge and ship. The pipeline will also enhance our country’s ability to deliver refined products to the various consumers and decrease our reliance upon less stable foreign sources.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline will be built to protect Louisiana wetlands. This will include bringing the areas through which the pipeline passes back to preconstruction elevation and contours. There will be no spoil banks created as a result of construction, all excavated materials will be returned to the trench, and water flow will be returned to as good as or better conditions than they had before the pipeline.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline will incorporate state of the art protection systems. Some of them include: regulation devices installed to prevent pressure from exceeding safe limits; state of the art technology, called a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, will provide real time pressure, flow rate and other data to trained pipeline controllers who will monitor the pipeline 24/7/365 and be able to remotely close valves and stop pump stations within minutes; added pipe wall thickness will be installed in sensitive areas, including under public roads, waterways and railroad crossings; and more...
Yes, the Bayou Bridge pipeline is committed to safety using state of the art construction and technology. It will incorporate state of the art protection systems, and will be monitored and controlled 24/7/365 by full-time control room operations staff.
There will be no above ground pipes in the Bayou Bridge pipeline. In fact, all pipes on agricultural lands, wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin will be buried a minimum of 48 inches.
No, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will be built to protect Louisiana wetlands. This will include bringing the areas through which the pipeline passes back to preconstruction elevation and contours. No wetlands will be filled as a result of the project.
There will be no above ground pipes in the Bayou Bridge pipeline. In fact, all pipes on agricultural lands, wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin will be buried a minimum of 48 inches. Additionally, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will incorporate state of the art protection systems and will be monitored and controlled 24/7/365 by full-time control room operations staff.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is an extension of a pre-existing network of infrastructure that has already been in place for years, and bears no relation to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The project will deliver multiple grades of crude oil from an existing market hub in Lake Charles, Louisiana to terminalling facilities in St. James, Louisiana.
The Bayou Basin Pipeline will carry needed crude oil safely between major terminals. This pipeline path does not currently exist. In truth, we need Bayou Bridge because, among many other benefits, it will replace less environmentally sensitive and safe methods of moving the crude oil between there terminals, as is currently the case.
Company officials have been coordinating with all relevant regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, for over a year. Together, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline is working with these agencies along with local stakeholders to ensure that Louisiana’s environmental resources – and the diversity of species that inhabit them – are protected from any impacts. Furthermore, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has concluded the project will have no adverse effects to threatened or endangered species.
Pipelines are the safest, most efficient method of transporting natural resources, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. There are more than 2 million miles of active pipelines across the country, all carefully regulated by state and federal safety standards to provide critical infrastructure for energy development. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline project is committed to the safety of the community, workers and the environment during construction and operation of the pipeline. Using advanced technology and a proven safety design, the project has added extra safety features that exceed federal requirements and will ensure the least impact to the environment and local communities along the route.
To date, Bayou Bridge Pipeline has received endorsements or letters of support from the following people or groups: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards – Endorsed the project on his monthly radio show. Nancy Landry – Louisiana House of Representatives, District 31 Stephen Dwight – Louisiana House of Representatives, District 35 Stuart