St. James Parish Council delays vote on Bayou Bridge Pipeline; parish presidents vows to get alternative evacuation route

St. James Parish President Timmy Roussel pledged Wednesday to “review every possibility” to create an alternative evacuation route for residents worried about industrial development¬†encroaching on the parish’s rural west bank.

The route has come up as major industrial facilities have been proposed for the area in recent years and the last leg of the 162-mile Bayou Bridge pipeline is planned to go through the same area to deliver crude oil to two existing tank farms along the Mississippi River.

Roussel made his commitment before the Parish Council, announcing that he and other parish officials had met recently with Chuck Carr Brown, state Department of Environmental Quality secretary, and some of his staff about an evacuation route….


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