LOUISIANA (KPLC) - The Army Corps of Engineers plans to issue the necessary permits for the Bayou Bridge pipeline, according to a news release from the office of Congressman Clay Higgins.
The news release said Colonel Michael Clancy, of the Army Corps of Engineers, announced Thursday that the New Orleans District has concluded its environmental assessment and will issue necessary permits to Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC.
The 162-mile pipeline will begin in Lake Charles and connect to a terminal in St. James, "paralleling existing infrastructure and utilities across the Atchafalaya Basin."
Higgins' office says the pipeline is a $750 million investment that is estimated to generate $17.6 million in sales tax during construction and $1.8 million annually in tax revenue to the state. It is expected to create 2,500 direct and indirect jobs and will employ a Louisiana company for the manufacturing of the pipes.
On Friday, members of the environmental advocacy collective Stop Energy Transfer Partner's Coalition released the following statement in response to the permit approval: