Controversial Bayou Bridge Pipeline proposal to come before St. James Parish Council on Wednesday

The proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline takes another step on its long regulatory path this week as the St. James Parish Council is expected to decide on the land use approval for the final leg of the controversial 162-mile crude oil line.

The parish Planning Commission granted a land use approval for the pipeline May 31 in a 7-0 vote with one abstention, but Blaise Gravois, parish director of operations, has said the final vote before the council is set for Wednesday.

The pipeline, which would extend from Lake Charles to the Mississippi River in western St. James, cutting through the Atchafalaya Basin, has sparked opposition from local and national environmentalists…


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