At a Glance
Documents have been produced by the DEQ.
Louisiana Bucket Brigade
On behalf of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a public records request with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) seeking records related to the then-proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP).
BBP is a joint venture of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota, and Phillips 66, companies with an alarming record of leaks, spills, and explosions. The company sought a water certification permit with the LDEQ for its pipeline which would run 162 miles from Lake Charles to St. James, through 11 parishes, approximately 700 bodies of water (including Bayou LaFourche, a source of drinking water for over 300,000 people), and the Atchafalaya Basin. The permit was granted on December 14, 2017.
LDEQ responded to the public records request with two sets of documents: 1) The first set, provided on December 13, 2017, consisted of materials relating to BBP’s permit application and more than 24,000 public comments overwhelmingly in opposition to the project. 2) After the Louisiana Bucket Brigade reiterated to the agency that its request included emails about the BBP, LDEQ delivered 192 emails and attachments on February 16, 2018.
Newly released documents reveal that Louisiana state intelligence officers surveilled community groups opposed to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline and that regulators used language written by Energy Transfer Partners representatives in documents related to the pipeline permitting process. In light of these revelations, several groups sent new records requests to federal and state law enforcement agencies (Department of Homeland Security, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, and the Louisiana State Police) seeking information about monitoring and surveillance of pipeline opposition.