Environmental groups are demanding that builders of the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline turn over project records, including internal company communications, arguing that they are subject to release under Louisiana's public records law, The Advocate reported.
"The group's public records request to the company states that, since Bayou Bridge LLC is claiming state authority to expropriate property, the company is subject to public records laws," the Louisiana Bucket Brigade group said in a Wednesday news release.
Residents need to know whose interests the state is protecting in such important matters, according to a statement from attorney Pamela Spees of the Center for Constitutional Rights, which is representing the Louisiana environmental groups.
The planned pipeline would carry crude oil between Lake Charles and St. James Parish. The state Department of Natural Resources and the St. James Parish council have already signed off on the project, though other entities like the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality must still give their approval.