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Supporters, opponents clash over Bayou Bridge Pipeline proposal

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Conservationists clashed with oil-and-gas professionals again Wednesday night over the proposed Bayou Bridge pipeline.

According to The Advocate, environmental groups called for ecological reviews and more stringent construction standards for the pipeline, designed to run between Lake Charles and St. James Parish.

Industry professionals and several local politicians tried to allay the fears of dozens of conservationists who turned out to protest the proposal.

Project Manager Cary Farber said the pipeline is "exactly the type" of infrastructure project envisioned by President Donald Trump's administration.

"The overall project will RESULT IN NO NET LOSS OF WATERS IN THE U.S. (INCLUDING WETLANDS)," read a slide on his presentation at the state Department of Natural Resources hearing.

Environmentalists were generally unimpressed by the reassurances.

"We hear this story every time — 'We're gonna do it right this time,'" even though the state has a history of oil leaks and pipelines allowed to fall into disrepair, said Sierra Club representative Woody Martin.

As politician after politician lined up to throw their support behind the project, members of the crowd began to chant "How much? How much?" in reference to how much they receive in campaign contributions from the oil and gas industry. Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, received the brunt of the ire.

Read the full story at The Advocate.

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