The Advocate Editorial Board: “We Are Happy To See More Jobs in the Energy Industry in Louisiana”

Investments in Louisiana’s energy infrastructure support a pillar of our state’s economy, providing good paying jobs and ensuring safe transportation of oil and natural gas resources.

The Advocate recently underscored this fact in an article by the publication’s editorial board. The piece focuses on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which has faced an unforeseen legal hurdle after environmental activists sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the project’s permits.

After a temporary injunction against the pipeline, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the order stopping construction of the project in the Atchafalaya Basin.

As the editorial board writes:

It’s a $750 million investment and provides construction jobs for the area of the state hard-hit by the collapse of oil and gas prices a few years ago. So this is good economic news, although progress on the pipeline had some bumps across the Atchafalaya Basin.

The piece goes on to note the misguided opposition against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline:

Unfairly, in our view, it was targeted by environmental groups because the builder is a venture of Energy Transfer Partners and Phillips 66. Energy Transfer Partners built the Dakota Access pipeline, the project that sparked a string of violent clashes between protesters and police in North Dakota in 2016 and 2017. Those headlines have been held against the project, which will be 160 miles long and connect energy corridors from Calcasieu Parish to those on the Mississippi River.

Lastly, the article argues that the project followed the letter of the law in its permitting and construction:

[T]he law allows mitigation within a specific river basin; the Atchafalaya is a huge river swamp. Perhaps the law might be changed in the future to provide different and perhaps more appropriate forms of mitigation, but the company is within its rights to play by the rules in force now.

“This was as by-the-books as it gets,” said pipeline supporter and U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, R-Port Barre.

It was, and we are happy to see more jobs in the energy industry in Louisiana.

Louisianians for Energy applauds The Advocate for voicing their support for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and reiterating the importance of these investments in our state. Read the full article here.