MEDIA ADVISORY: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2017
When: Tuesday, August 1, 6-8 pm
Who: H.E.L.P. Association, Bayou Bridge Pipeline / Energy Transfer Partners, local leaders and concerned residents
Where: St. James High School Auditorium, 5181 Wildcat Street, Saint James, LA 70086
(St. James, LA) The St. James community action group Humanitarian Enterprising Loving People (HELP) and local elected leaders will host a critical public information meeting with Energy Transfer Partners' (ETP) regarding the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline. If built, the pipeline would cross 11 South Louisiana parishes, including over 700 waterways, before ending in St. James.
ETP entered into the national spotlight last year over the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota - a project that has spilled three times since April. Now that struggle has come to Louisiana's swamps and bayous.
Local communities such as St. James, have been largely opposed to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project, citing what they see as a continued toxic over-burdening of their homes which has resulted in dire health effects, as well as the threats to local drinking waters.
In fact, when the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources affirmed the coastal permit for Bayou Bridge earlier this year, HELP and others filed suit in Parish Court asking that the ruling be overturned. ETP has recently filed to intervene in that case as well.
"We have enough," said Pastor Harry Joseph, the leader of H.E.L.P. "There is already major construction of methanol plants in our region, and people are sick. We don't even have an evacuation route."
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