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Construction crews move out of Basin after court ruling on pipeline construction

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Henderson, La. -

A court order placed last week by a federal judge put a halt to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project. Now videos are circulating on social media of what appeared to be construction on the pipeline in the Atchafalaya Basin. 

They're from activists who worry Bayou Bridge Pipeline is working illegally and that nobody local is enforcing the court order. 

Bayou Bridge is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners.

The Army Corps of Engineers is responsible for making sure crews follow environmental law while building the pipeline but not for enforcing the court order. 

"For the Corps of Engineers, we're complying with the court order to stop on the pipeline, but we're not the enforcement authority for the court," says Ricky Boyett, the Chief of Public Affairs for the Army Corps of Engineers. 

Boyett did confirm that the crews were simply removing equipment after the court order, rather than continuing work.

"We did hear reports of work and we also heard reports of what the pipeline is doing is removing their equipment on that area," says Boyett.

If anyone defies the court order and continues to work on the pipeline, local law enforcement would have to step in to stop it.

While some are happy the construction has stopped, some others are hoping construction resumes soon.

"The Bayou Bridge Pipeline, to my understanding, I've seen the presentations and it's legal. It will not harm the Basin, and it will put jobs in the area. Something we can't go against is jobs," says Henderson Mayor Sherbin Collette.

KATC reached out to Energy Transfer Partners for comment on Tuesday afternoon but has not yet received a response.

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