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Eminent domain trial on Bayou Bridge pipeline begins with assertion that land worth only $1.11

A testy trial over the Bayou Bridge pipeline began Tuesday with an assertion that the plaintiff’s share of the land at the center of the dispute is worth only $1.11.

The 162-mile Bayou Bridge will carry crude oil between Lake Charles and St. James, but to do so, it is designed to go through a contentious plot of property. The undeveloped Buffalo Cove swampland has been subdivided and passed down so many times it now has perhaps 700 heirs, attorneys have said. Most, but not all, appear to have agreed to let the company have its right-of-way.

However, Theda Larson-Wright and siblings Peter and Katherine Aaslestad don’t want the pipeline and told the company if they want it, they’d have to seize it under eminent domain. Under Louisiana law, utility providers have the authority to legally expropriate property if they can prove it is for the public benefit. Industrialists and environmentalists sparred over the pipeline’s merits and will continue to do so Wednesday in state district court in St. Martin Parish…


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