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Judge denies Bayou Bridge request to continue construction in Basin

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The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would impact about 454 acres of jurisdictional wetlands and 42 acres of other Waters of the U.S. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would impact about 454 acres of jurisdictional wetlands and 42 acres of other Waters of the U.S.

A federal judge has denied Bayou Bridge Pipeline's request to continue construction in the Atchafalaya Basin.

Judge Shelly K. Dick, of the U.S. Middle District of Louisiana, ordered on Friday that the company must stop work in the Basin while a lawsuit pays out over their permit to build there. The order granted an injunction sought by environmental groups who sued to stop the project, and Bayou Bridge sought a stay of that ruling.

Dick denied that motion on Monday.

Earthjustice filed the suit on behalf of Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association West, Waterkeeper Alliance and Sierra Club. They seek the revocation of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for Basin construction.

In the suit, those groups argued the Corps did not consider the cumulative ecological impacts of constructing another petroleum pipeline across the Basin. Permits were granted in December, and work began last month.

Bayou Bridge is a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, the principal company on the project. Phillips 66 is also involved.

ETP issued a statement on the injunction on Wednesday:

Bayou Bridge Pipeline respectfully disagrees with the District Court's ruling that the Army Corps of Engineers did not properly consider the limited impacts of construction in the Atchafalaya Basin during the extensive NEPA process the Corps conducted.  In fact, the Corps issued two comprehensive environmental assessments, both of which had a "Finding of No Significant Impact" to the Basin. We intend to seek immediate relief from this decision in the appropriate courts. Beyond that, we will decline to comment on the legal process, but instead defer to our filings. It is important to clarify that construction of this important infrastructure project continues in all other areas along the route.

The pipeline's crews moved out of the Basin on Tuesday after environmental groups captured videos appearing to show them still at the site. Read more on that here.

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