BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana's Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a public hearing Thursday in Baton Rouge about the permit process for a Bayou Bridge pipeline.
"We've reached a point where people are kind of fed up with the oil industry's accidents with the destruction of our wetlands and destruction of coast, and so there's gotta' be a point at which we say 'no more' and this is the moment," said Anne Rolfes of Bucket Brigade.
"This is an extension of an existing pipeline and it's a little over 125 miles or so and it is simply going to improve safety by taking crude oil and crude oil products off of trucks, off of water-borne transportation, off of rails," said Brigham McCown, former U.S. pipeline safety chief.
The pipeline would cross through 11 Louisiana parishes, including a large portion of the Atchafalaya Basin. Opposition is being mounted by environmental groups and in the local fishing industry, which wants better monitoring of oil operations.
Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association President Chris John issued a statement Thursday night in response to the hearing. The statement reads: