Groups Await Ruling On Pipeline Construction Halt Through World's Largest And Most Productive Wetlands

Atchafalaya Baisnkeeper, Gulf Restoration Network, Waterkeeper Alliance, and Sierra Club are suing the Army Corps of engineers for granting permits that will further degrade and cause irreparable harm tot he Atchafalaya Basin. 

In a recent article by KFLY's Channel 10 News, Jody Meche, president of the Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West, said the project will compound flood risks and other pipeline-related problems that have been mounting for years.

“We’re losing our basin,” Meche said.

Victory! Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction To Plaintiffs In Bayou Bridge Pipeline Case

After months of tireless work from our legal team, we are excited to announce that the Preliminary Injunction filed to stop construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline has been granted! 

Federal District Court Judge Shelly Dick sided with the Basinkeeper on the case during the initial hearing on February 8th, stating that "irreparable harm" had been caused in the Basin.

The plaintiffs including Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Gulf Restoration Network, Louisiana Crawfish Producer's Association-West, Sierra Club, and Waterkeeper Alliance argued on the grounds that the Corps had granted the permits prematurely, that beginning construction during a high water season would cause irreparable harm on its own, and given the severity of the ecological damage already caused to the Basin, construction must be stopped in order to determine if the Corps' decision was arbitrary and capricious. Judge Dick will assign her written statements defending her ruling at a later date. 

Drone Footage Of The Bayou Bridge Pipeline Right Of Way

Drone footage taken on February 27th shows the route where pipeline construction began and was halted on the West side of the Atchafalaya Basin. 

The Atchafalaya Basinkeeper's Dean Wilson monitored the pipeline route after the injunction was granted to suspend construction and reported back that all equipment was being removed in the Basin. 

Wilson reported that there was, "no connection to a direct sediment source found, but this could change depending how high the water comes in."