WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, Colonel Clancy of the Army Corps of Engineers announced that the New Orleans District has concluded its environmental assessment and will issue necessary permits to Bayou Bridge Pipeline, LLC.
The Bayou Bridge pipeline represents more than $750 million in investment and is estimated to generate $17.6 million in sales tax during construction and $1.8 million annually in tax revenue to the state. Beyond that, it will create more than 2,500 direct and indirect jobs, employing a Louisiana company for the manufacturing of the pipes used to construct the project.
The project is a 162-mile pipeline that connects several crude hubs. The new section of pipe will originate at the terminal hub in Lake Charles and connect to the St. James terminal hub, paralleling existing infrastructure and utilities across the Atchafalaya Basin.
Congressman Higgins issued the following statement:
“Bayou Bridge is part of our efforts to bring new jobs and economic growth to South Louisiana. The oil and gas and petrochemical industry remains the cornerstone of our state’s economy, and we’re working to unleash our energy potential. This project provides critical pipeline infrastructure for refiners and producers across the state. Bayou Bridge will create thousands of jobs for Louisiana families. Army Corps of Engineers Commander Colonel Clancy and I have cultivated an ‘Army strong’ professional relationship. We’re determined to work together, identify obstacles, and overcome the bureaucracies that have restricted permit approval for major projects in the past. My Congressional staff and I will continue to attack, one battle at a time. Getting Bayou Bridge rolling is major… but we’re not done.”
Congressman Higgins authored an op-ed in The Hill earlier this year in support of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Read it here.