In Case You Missed It: Bayou Bridge Protesters’ Increasingly Dangerous Tactics

Yesterday, Louisianians for Energy shared relevant news articles with local media to keep them up to date on Bayou Bridge and what’s happening in the Atchafalaya Basin. Here is an excerpt from the email:

A group of anti-energy activists in southern Louisiana has resorted to increasingly dangerous tactics in their opposition to a pipeline currently under construction.

While groups such as L’eau Est La Vie have been camping in the Atchafalaya Basin for months to impede construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, recent news reports have underscored the fact that new tactics – like so-called “sky pods” housing protesters suspended from trees on construction sites – are actively putting protesters in danger. Activists, in turn, are in turn risking the safety of construction crews and local law enforcement officials responding to these incidents. And due to the dangers of starting and stopping construction when protesters interfere with active construction sites, they may be causing harm to the very environment they claim to protect.

An article in the Daily Caller, in which reporter Jason Hopkins spoke to a lone protester in the Basin:

  • The purpose of the treehouses [. . .] was a tried-and-true method of pipeline protesters: remain in a tree that sits along the construction path in order to prevent pipeline workers from cutting it down, thus slowing its completion.
  • Since construction began in early 2018, activists have been arrested for a litany of illegal actions: standing in the way of construction, locking themselves onto equipment or cement-filled barrels, outright destruction of property, and numerous other tactics.

Separately, a report in WGNO details conditions at the camp:

  • For weeks, the water protectors have been camping in a secret location near the pipeline construction, harrying ETP with their protest of the pipeline’s steady progress.
  • They’ve erected platforms, called “sky pods” that are suspended between the cypress trees.  Using ropes and pulleys, the water protectors are able to hoist themselves onto the platforms and stay there, for hours or more at a time.