Bayou Bridge Pipeline: Investing in La.’s future
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline, a 160-mile project currently under construction in Louisiana, will serve as a critical component of the state’s infrastructure network by safely and efficiently transporting crude oil from Lake Charles to a terminal hub located in St. James.
This is an important investment in Louisiana’s energy industry – and in communities along the pipeline route.
The project underwent multiple years of review at the local, state and federal levels, including an exceedingly thorough review process by career professionals at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
After a rigorous evaluation, highly skilled government officials concluded that the pipeline would have minimal impacts on local communities and on the environment.
Louisiana relies on pipeline energy infrastructure to ensure the long-term safe operation of the energy industry. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, pipelines are the safest form of transporting energy resources in the nation, delivering high volumes of oil and gas to end markets efficiently and without incident.
And ultimately, the country will continue to be dependent on fossil fuels far into the future. Pipelines are just an integral part of getting the natural resources in the ground to the communities that need them while protecting the environment.
Not to mention, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline is bringing serious investment to the state, from the creation of thousands of construction jobs to the sourcing of materials from local suppliers and the generation of millions of dollars in tax revenues for municipal services. Bayou Bridge has demonstrated its commitment to the residents of Louisiana.
As long as federal, state and local officials ensure that permit requirements are adhered to during the construction process, then Louisiana residents should rest assured that every effort is being made to safeguard local communities as well as the state’s environmental resources.
With the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the Army Corps acted properly in its review of Bayou Bridge, there’s every reason to believe regulatory officials have been thorough in their application of all legal requirements to date.
Charlie Melancon served as U.S. congressman for Louisiana’s Third District from 2005 to 2011. He also is the former Louisiana secretary of wildlife and fisheries.