Monday, December 05, 2016

What's at the other end of DAPL?

Perhaps not so surprisingly, we are.
Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer Partners, is building the 1,172-mile, 30-inch diameter Dakota Access Pipeline from the Bakken and Three Forks oil production areas of North Dakota, through South Dakota and Iowa, to an oil tank farm in Illinois. From Illinois, the oil would travel to Nederland, Texas, then would be transported via a just-completed pipeline to Lake Charles.

Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the DAPL, owns Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC, the company whose name appears on the Louisiana pipeline permit applications. Energy Transfer and Sunoco already built a pipeline from Nederland to Lake Charles. Now they want to extend it from Calcasieu Parish through Jefferson Davis, Acadia, Vermilion, Lafayette, Iberia, St. Martin, Iberville, Ascension and Assumption parishes, ending on the west bank of New Orleans near St. James.

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would provide a connection between the North Dakota oilfields and Louisiana's refineries and ports.

The 24-inch diameter Bayou Bridge Pipeline would be 162 miles long and cross eight Louisiana watersheds including the Mermentau, Vermilion, Bayou Teche and Atchafalaya watersheds. In the Atchafalaya Basin, 77 acres of wetlands will be permanently affected and 171 acres of wetlands will be temporarily impacted.
Now, as we all know, there is already a shitload of oil and gas infrastructure snaked through the Louisiana wetlands. But what we also know is, that's sort of.. you know.. the reason we're losing the Louisiana wetlands.  It would be asking an awful lot of Louisianians to organize against a project like this given that we just voted overwhelmingly for Trump on the idea that he would bring back their drilling jobs. But, then, there's never a bad time to start. 

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