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Bayou Bridge pipeline trial: Economic benefit compared to environmental costs as ruling draws near

Testimony on day two of the Bayou Bridge eminent domain trial focused on whether the economic benefit of the pipeline would outweigh the costs of possible environmental degradation to sensitive wetlands in St. Martin Parish.

The 162-mile Bayou Bridge pipeline would carry crude oil between Lake Charles and St. James Parish, but to do so, it is designed to go through undeveloped Buffalo Cove swampland in St. Martin Parish.

Three of the estimated 700 heirs of the disputed land, Theda Larson-Wright and siblings Peter and Katherine Aaslestad, are refusing to sell their share of the land — a value one expert estimates at $1.11 for their portion — to Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the pipeline. So now, Judge Keith Comeaux, a state district court judge in St. Martin Parish, will decide whether the company has the right to the property through eminent domain…


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