Shortage of energy infrastructure negatively impacting U.S. consumers

A decade ago, industry experts would not have been able to predict the massive energy infrastructure shortage that the U.S. is now facing. American oil and natural gas production is at an all-time high, but our nation’s pipeline network is having difficulty keeping up with the energy boom. One project at a time, the industry is working to fuel our country’s energy needs. Once complete, Louisiana’s Bayou Bridge will play a critical role in safely transporting natural gas from refineries to consumer markets. Strong energy infrastructure means more than just affordable and accessible energy. It also leads to much-needed tax… Read More

Safe, reliable energy not a partisan matter

A recently published political column by The Advocate’s Lanny Keller titled “For John Bel Edwards the intensity of support among his base voters is vital” did a disservice to readers by not giving context to Governor Edward’s support of Louisiana’s oil and gas industry. The author points out that Gov. Edwards “draws regular criticism on his support of the Bayou Bridge pipeline” but fails to acknowledge the numerous organizations throughout the state that have expressed their support for the pipeline and anticipate the great benefits the pipeline will bring. These groups include the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI),… Read More

Newly Implemented Louisiana Legislation Seeks to Protect Critical Infrastructure

Recent protests against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline have taken an increasingly dangerous turn. Protesters have taken to trees in the way of pipeline construction, suspending themselves from multiple trees in devices they are referring to as “sky pods.” Additionally, they have also employed tactics that have included chaining themselves to equipment, blocking roads, and kayaking too close to operating machinery. These tactics risk the safety of both pipeline workers and protesters. L’eau Est La Vie Camp, one of the activist groups boasting about recent protest demonstrations, has even taken to their Facebook page to share that “this resistance is happening… Read More

Protest Tactics Risking Safety of Protesters, Pipeline Workers

InsideSources recently published an article on the recent protest tactics utilized at Bayou Bridge construction sites. For months now, protesters have practiced unlawful and dangerous tactics in an attempt to halt pipeline construction. Protesters have resorted to blocking roads, chaining themselves to construction equipment, and kayaking too close to construction zones. Now, in their latest demonstrations, protesters from L’eau Est La Vie Camp have turned to sitting in trees and installing suspension devices between trees they are referring to as “aerial pods.” They claim that “ETP cannot continue cutting [trees] without endangering the life of the person in the sky… Read More

Basinkeeper, Crawfish Association Distance Themselves from Illegal Camp Protest Tactics

Over the past several weeks, activists affiliated with L’eau Est La Vie Camp and the Louisiana Bucket Brigade have participated in a number of protests at Bayou Bridge construction sites. These protests have included unlawful tactics, including blocking access roads and attaching people to construction equipment in an effort to stymy construction of the pipeline. These actions continue to put both protesters and pipeline workers at risk, endangering the wellbeing of tradesmen and women and compromising the safety of construction sites. This past weekend, one protester went so far as to shackle himself to a vehicle for several hours, and… Read More

Oil & Gas Industry – A Lifeline for Louisiana Businesses

Energy isn’t the only industry that benefits from the growing number of pipeline infrastructure projects across the country. InsideSources recently published an article on the importance of the oil and gas industry for small business in Louisiana. While the energy industry offers more than 260,000 jobs in Louisiana and supports thousands of others in small towns across the state, the development of infrastructure projects also provides much-needed commerce for small businesses in the region. The article highlights the experience of small business owner Kyle Bertrand, and the benefits he has experienced from nearby oil and gas projects. Bertrand owns a… Read More

Louisianians for Energy Commends U.S. Appeals Court Decision on Army Corps of Engineers and Bayou Bridge

The U.S. 5th Circuit of Appeals ruled last week that the Army Corps of Engineers rightfully granted construction permits to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The 2-1 decision overturned U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick’s February injunction, which ordered pipeline construction to be halted in the Atchafalaya Basin per allegations of potential environmental harm. A number of activist groups had petitioned for the injunction, arguing the clearing of cypress and tupelo trees to clear the pipeline route would cause irrevocable damage to the basin. The appeals court found that the Corps’ two environmental assessments under the Clean Water Act and Rivers and… Read More

Advocate Editorial Board: Pipelines are key to safe energy and economic development

The Advocate recently published an opinion piece by the newspaper’s editorial board highlighting the importance of energy infrastructure projects like the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and the safe practices of pipelines. Bayou Bridge has been criticized by environmental activists, alleging that the environmental remediation planned is insufficient and that the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources should have required the company building the pipeline to “jump through more hoops” before being given final approval. Even with these unexpected hurdles, the project is expected to be completed by October. Bayou Bridge provides both extensive economic benefits to local communities along the pipeline route… Read More

Gov. Edwards Voices Support for Louisiana Energy Infrastructure

During his most recent “Ask the Governor” radio series, Governor John Bel Edwards received a constituent question regarding concerns over the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Edwards expressed his support for the project, responding, “A properly constructed modern pipeline is the safest way to transport these products.” Governor Edwards acknowledged that protecting Louisiana’s environment is a top priority of his administration. However, environmental conservation and economic growth are not mutually exclusive. Edwards reiterated that the pipeline’s builders have obtained all necessary permits and will continue to follow all laws during the construction process, ensuring that no corners are cut. The economic benefits… Read More

“Let’s Make Sure We Get the Facts Right” on Bayou Bridge

Lousianians for Energy President Randy Hayden recently wrote a letter published in The Advocate to address the growing issue of misinformation regarding the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Activist groups and media outlets have disseminated false statements and accusations regarding the project. However, as Hayden writes: The Bayou Bridge pipeline has been under stringent review by federal, state, and local authorities for more than a year. Highly skilled and expert career professionals examined every aspect of this pipeline’s planned construction and found that it would have little to no impact on the environment as well as the local communities along the route.… Read More