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."
He also acknowledged that on the east of the Atchafalaya Basin, there were legacy trees that were gone, but that most were still standing.
"There was no trench dug on the East of the Basin at the time of monitoring, which is important to note given that the right-of-way is directly connected to two major direct sediment sources," says the Basinkeeper.
"If it wasn’t for the judges ruling on the injunction, the consequences would have been catastrophic for the wetlands"
ABK will continue to monitor the right of way and report on any violations that occur in contempt of the court ruling.
For now, this fragile part of the Basin is protected, but the fight is still to come in preserving the remainder of this natural treasure.