Bayou Bridge Pipeline Update: Appeals Court Allows Construction to Continue in Basin

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a preliminary injunction against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, allowing construction to proceed in the Atchafalaya Basin while the Court hears further proceedings in the case.

As the Court of Appeals concluded, Bayou Bridge “is likely to succeed on the merits of its claim that the district court abused its discretion in granting a preliminary injunction. Rather than granting a preliminary injunction, the district court should have allowed the case to proceed on the merits and sought additional briefing from the Corps on the limited deficiencies noted in its opinion.”

In late February, a District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction against Bayou Bridge, halting portions of construction of the project. As we have previously noted, this injunction caused serious harm to the project and to local communities in our state, delaying the creation of as many as 2,500 construction jobs for hardworking tradesmen and women.

Louisianians for Energy applauds the Court of Appeals’ decision. We look forward to a speedy resolution of this case, and ultimately, a successful completion of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.