Media Advisory: Judge to Hear Landowners’ Case Against Bayou Bridge Pipeline Over Unpermitted Construction on Private Property
Who: Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, counsel for landowner Peter Aalsted and his family, and Louisiana Bucket Brigade.
What: A judge will hear the case of landowners along the Bayou Bridge Pipeline route who filed an injunction against the pipeline company for illegally constructing on their private property. The injunction documents how Bayou Bridge began construction without the consent of Mr. Aalsted, one of several co-owners of the property, noting that the company’s construction violates Louisiana state law, which requires consent of all the owners before entering a property.
Where: Courthouse in St. Martin Parish, 415 S Main St #110, St Martinville, LA 70582
The groups will report back after the hearing outside the court on Facebook Live via Louisiana Bucket Brigade here.
When: The hearing starts at 9 am CST, Monday, September 10, 2018
Why: Landowners and advocates oppose Bayou Bridge forcibly constructing on private land along the pipeline’s route, despite the landowners dissent. They have raised that Bayou Bridge has used the power of eminent domain to seize private property along the pipeline route for its construction, a tool that’s traditionally used for entities that are considered for the public good, including roads, schools, bridges, and hospitals. The legal challenge is one of several against potential construction violations in the Atchafalaya Basin, most notably through St. James Parish, a historic Black community in what’s known as “Cancer Alley.”
Misha Mitchell, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, 225-692-1133, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Anne Rolfes, Louisiana Bucket Brigade, 504-452-4909, email@example.com