At a Glance
The case is currently on appeal and we are awaiting a date for oral argument in the fall of 2018.
Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper and 350 New Orleans
CCR, together with Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, and 350 New Orleans, has filed a petition in Louisiana state court seeking the release of records relating to the communications that Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC (a joint venture of Energy Transfer Partners, Sunoco Logistics, and Phillips 66) has concerning the land they have expropriated, communications with government officials, and any records concerning relating to opponents of the pipeline, among other files.
The filing comes after CCR and the same groups, issued a public records request to Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC seeking these communications on the basis that Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC has claimed, and has exercised, the state government's authority of eminent domain, thereby acting as an 'instrumentality of the state', to expropriate Louisianans' land in the process of developing the pipeline.
The filing is part of a broader process to support local Louisiana organizations to ensure the operators of the pipeline are transparent in all their dealings with public officials and landowners, and as they develop public relations efforts in response to local pipeline opposition.
The proposed pipeline would span 162 miles between Lake Charles and St. James, passing through 11 parishes, and impacting 700 bodies of water, including in the Atchafalaya Basin. The petition is part of CCR's work in opposing the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, and our larger efforts to hold corporations accountable for their actions.