STATEMENT: Appeals court finds Louisiana DNR properly issued Bayou Bridge permit

On Wednesday, January 30, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal in Louisiana issued a decision on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. In a 4-1 ruling, the court found that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) acted properly in issuing a Coastal Use Permit for the pipeline project. According to the decision’s conclusion, “we reverse the district court’s judgment and uphold the validity of the Coastal Use Permit issued to Bayou Bridge for . . . construction and operation.” Below is a statement on the decision that you can attribute to me, Randy Hayden – spokesman for Louisianians for Energy: “Last week’s… Read More

Louisiana key to US energy boom

The Daily Comet and Houma Courier recently published a letter by former Rep. Charlie Melancon on Louisiana’s energy industry. Melancon also served as the secretary of wildlife and fisheries for the state of Louisiana. His extensive experience working for the people of Louisiana make him well-positioned to discuss the numerous benefits to further investment in our critical energy infrastructure. Melancon underscores Louisiana’s important role in fueling the US’ ongoing energy boom, as the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports record amounts of natural gas and oil production and just recently predicted the US will emerge as a net energy exporter in… Read More

Bayou Bridge Pipeline opponents launch another extraneous legal challenge

Despite the Bayou Bridge Pipeline being more than 90% complete and expected to come into service later this quarter, environmental activists have once again called for a work-stop order on pipeline construction. This is the latest attempt to obstruct the legally-permitted project, which has faced opposition ranging from fringe protester antics in the swamps to a number of futile legal challenges. Bayou Bridge underwent a rigorous permitting and approval process, and has taken extensive measures to preserve the land conditions along the route and prioritize environmental conversation. As the US Attorney representing the Army Corps contends: “Plaintiffs’ attempts to secure… Read More

Louisiana playing critical role in increasing US LNG exports

Louisiana continues to play a key role in US energy development. From LNG export facilities to crude oil refineries and new pipelines, the state is a driving factor in boosting American energy capabilities. Louisianians for Energy President Randy Hayden recently highlighted the state’s contributions in a letter published by the Daily Comet. Discussing the US as a net exporter of crude oil and LNG, Hayden writes: In fact, Louisiana is playing an important role in these trends, with projects like Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG Export Terminal, the nearly complete Bayou Bridge Pipeline, the Lake Charles LNG terminal and a… Read More

Judge’s ruling on Bayou Bridge more than a win for energy

Daily Iberian recently published a letter by Louisianians for President Randy Hayden highlighting Judge Keith Comeaux’s recent ruling on the Bayou Bridge landowner lawsuit. Comeaux ruled Bayou Bridge Pipeline had the right to seize property under eminent domain and the project will pay $150 to each of the three landowners involved in the dispute. In his letter, Hayden writes: Despite the benefits the project is creating for local communities, these landowners with ties to nationwide anti-energy protests challenged the pipeline. After attempting to draw deep connections to the property, it was quickly revealed during trial late last month that the… Read More

STATEMENT: Judge Keith Comeaux’s Ruling on Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Yesterday, December 6, Judge Keith Comeaux ruled on a group of landowners’ lawsuit against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. According to news reports, the ruling will allow construction of the pipeline to continue, with project developers paying $150 to each of three landowners involved in the dispute. Below is a statement you can attribute to me, Randy Hayden – spokesman for Louisianians for Energy: “The Bayou Bridge Pipeline underwent a rigorous review process lasting more than two years, after which time all relevant local, state, and federal permits were granted. Building on that foundation, project developers have gone above and beyond… Read More

Bayou Bridge critical asset to Louisiana, despite outsider claims

The Louisiana Record recently reported on the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry’s (LABI) call for a compromise to be met in the Bayou Bridge Pipeline landowner dispute. Camille Ivy-O’Donnell, spokeswoman for LABI, stressed the importance of the pipeline and the critical role it will play in the state’s economy, stating: “Louisiana’s pipeline industry creates an average of 2,611 jobs with an annual payroll of more than $203 million. This extensive pipeline network has proven to be the safest method to transport crude oil from the Gulf of Mexico to refineries not just across the state but to all parts… Read More

VIDEO: Protesters camping to halt Bayou Bridge

The Daily Caller published an article on recent Bayou Bridge opposition efforts, going “behind the scenes” deep into the Atchafalaya Basin. While most activist groups have managed to keep their demonstrations legal, one fringe-faction known as L’eau Est La Vie Camp has taken to the bayou to do whatever it takes to stop the pipeline’s timely construction. Although the project has obtained all necessary permits and carries statewide bipartisan support, protesters continue to ramp up their tactics, risking their safety and the safety of pipeline workers and nearby community members. A short video also published with the Daily Caller article,… Read More

Bayou Bridge “water protectors” caught littering in the Atchafalaya Basin

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… Read More

US working with countries across the world to promote US LNG exports & bolster energy security

The Advocate recently reported that the US is working with Japan and other countries in Asia to build facilities for US LNG exports and improve their energy security. The article reports that as the world’s biggest LNG importer, expansion in Japan offers a “great opportunity” to expand American energy’s influence, as emphasized by US Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette: “The world is right here in Asia. Demand for LNG is very, very high here. There is an enormous amount of opportunities not only for U.S. businesses but also for Japanese businesses as well as other Asian businesses.”     In fact,… Read More