The Daily Iberian recently published a letter authored by Louisianians for Energy President Randy Hayden regarding recent reports from the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office that protesters from L’eau Est La Vie Camp left behind scattered supplies and garbage at campsites in very isolated areas of the Atchafalaya Basin. Hayden points out the risks associated with this careless behavior:
Debris left behind in these remote locations could damage the land, harm wildlife living in the area and eventually make it’s way into the bayou’s waterways. It would appear that protesters have been too busy attempting to stall construction and garner media attention rather than clean up after themselves in the Basin they claim to care so much about.
Bayou Bridge has obtained all necessary permits and continues to prioritize environmental conservation throughout construction. Despite this, protesters have continued to ramp up tactics, as Hayden writes:
Bayou Bridge developers have been working carefully to preserve the Basin. And yet, protesters have continued to break the law and put workers and community members at risk as they trespass, chain themselves to equipment and refuse to come down from trees in the path of construction.
The St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office has requested that protesters keep their demonstrations within the law, maintain their trash, and consider their safety and the safety of others when protesting. Hayden closes his letter with a question that has been raised on multiple occasions: “Are these ‘water protectors’ doing more harm to the environment than good?”