Energy Transfer Partners and the owner of a 38-acre parcel of land in the Atchafalaya Basin have entered into an agreement halting Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction until a dispute can be settled.
Our media partners at The Advocate report that ETP and the property owner agreed that construction would stop until a judge can decide a dispute over eminent domain. The property owner alleges that ETP did not go through the proper legal process prior to construction, the Advocate reports. The hearing will be November 27, the newspaper reports.
Attorney Misa Mitchell, who represents the landowner, said she has other clients similarly situated.
Attorney Pam Spees says more than a dozen people who have consent by the landowner to be on the land have been arrested for protesting the construction.
They have been booked with “unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure,” a felony and a new Louisiana charge that went into effect in August. It is unclear how this new development will affect those cases, if at all. We’re checking into that and we’ll have more later today.