State district judge sides with Bayou Bridge Pipeline opponents over DNR permit

Federal judges may support construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, but a St. James jurist may have thrown the brakes on construction near the structure’s terminus.

The state, in issuing its permit, did not adequately consider protocol in case of an emergency that could affect a minority community along the pipeline, according to a ruling from 23rd Judicial District Judge Alvin Turner Jr.

Bayou Bridge is an under-construction pipeline designed to carry crude oil between Lake Charles and St. James. Proponents say it’s easier and safer than other transfer methods, while detractors worry about spills, especially into drinking water and environmentally-sensitive areas…

 

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