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Bayou Bridge pipeline lawyers question property owners’ ties to land as trial winds down

A pipeline company is seeking to undermine a trio of property owners who have accused the oilmen of trespassing on their land; under cross-examination, the landowners have admitted they’d never actually been to the property until Sunday, that they don’t maintain it, and they’ve never paid taxes on it.

After three exhausting days in state district court in St. Martin Parish, pipeline opponents and proponents were ready to hear the ruling on whether construction crews violated property rights, but the judge told them Thursday they’ll have to wait a little bit longer as he considers their arguments.

The 162-mile long Bayou Bridge pipeline is designed to carry crude oil from Lake Charles to St. James. However, it passes through a certain property in St Martin Parish with nearly 700 heirs. Most appear to have given their blessing to the pipeline, but three have said they don’t want to be complicit in the construction of Bayou Bridge and have sued the company, saying they never gave their permission and that construction crews trespassed on their land. The company responded by filing an eminent domain lawsuit…

 

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