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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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Judge rules Bayou Bridge Pipeline can continue construction

Judge rules Bayou Bridge Pipeline can continue construction

Months after three landowners filed a lawsuit challenging construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, they have an answer. Last week, Judge Keith 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. After obtaining all necessary permits and undergoing a rigorous, multi-year review process, the pipeline is now as much as 90 percent complete and is expected to be in service in the coming months.

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 last month that the property owners were more like outsiders with ulterior motives. At least one of the plaintiffs has never even resided in the state of Louisiana, and none of the three had paid taxes or maintained the land in any way. Additionally, one plaintiff admitted she had never stepped foot onto the property.

The ruling on Bayou Bridge is not simply a win for the energy industry, it’s a win for anyone with Louisiana’s best interests in mind. Judge Comeaux’s decision demonstrates that the rule of law will prevail over ill-conceived litigious attempts. Louisianians for Energy looks forward to the safe completion of Bayou Bridge and the great benefits it will play in fueling our state’s energy needs.

Randy Hayden

President, Louisianians for Energy

Baton Rouge