The Bayou Bridge pipeline currently delivers multiple grades of crude oil from terminal hub facilities in Nederland, Texas, to terminal facilities and refineries in Lake Charles, Louisiana. A recently completed expansion allows the Bayou Bridge Pipeline to connect to an existing market hub in St. James, Louisiana. The new segment of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline consists of approximately 163 miles of buried 24-inch pipe and runs from Lake Charles, Louisiana to St. James, Louisiana. Crude from the St. James terminalling facilities are redistributed to refineries located in the Baton Rouge area.
Questions, Answers, and Addressing Common Misconceptions
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline runs from terminal hub facilities in Nederland, Texas, to terminal facilities and refineries in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and now connects to an existing market hub in St. James, Louisiana.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline provides Gulf Coast refineries more efficient and sustainable access to North American crude oil and helps to diversify the supply of crude available. It provides a safer and more efficient transportation system, which ultimately benefits those who live and work along the Gulf Coast region by reducing the amount currently transported by rail, barge and ship. The pipeline also enhances our country's ability to deliver refined products to the various consumers and decrease our reliance upon less stable foreign sources.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline was built to protect Louisiana wetlands. This includes bringing the areas through which the pipeline passes back to preconstruction elevation and contours. There were no spoil banks created as a result of construction, all excavated materials were returned to the trench, and water flow returned to as good as or better conditions than they had before the pipeline.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline incorporates state of the art protection systems. Some of them include: regulation devices installed to prevent pressure from exceeding safe limits; state of the art technology, called a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, provide real time pressure, flow rate and other data to trained pipeline controllers who will monitor the pipeline 24/7/365 and are able to remotely close valves and stop pump stations within minutes; added pipe wall thickness was installed in sensitive areas, including under public roads, waterways and railroad crossings; and more...
Yes, the Bayou Bridge pipeline is committed to safety using state of the art construction and technology. It incorporates state of the art protection systems, and is monitored and controlled 24/7/365 by full-time control room operations staff.
There are no above ground pipes in the Bayou Bridge pipeline. In fact, all pipes on agricultural lands, wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin are buried a minimum of 48 inches.
No, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline is built to protect Louisiana wetlands. This includes bringing the areas through which the pipeline passes back to preconstruction elevation and contours. No wetlands were filled as a result of the project.
There are no above ground pipes in the Bayou Bridge pipeline. In fact, all pipes on agricultural lands, wetlands and the Atchafalaya Basin are buried a minimum of 48 inches. Additionally, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline incorporates state of the art protection systems and are monitored and controlled 24/7/365 by full-time control room operations staff.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is an extension of a pre-existing network of infrastructure that has already been in place for years, and bears no relation to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The project delivers multiple grades of crude oil from an existing market hub in Lake Charles, Louisiana to terminalling facilities in St. James, Louisiana.
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline carries needed crude oil safely between major terminals. This pipeline path did not currently exist. In truth, we need Bayou Bridge because, among many other benefits, it replaces less environmentally sensitive and safe methods of moving the crude oil between the terminals.
Company officials have coordinated with all relevant regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, for over a year. Together, the Bayou Bridge Pipeline worked with these agencies along with local stakeholders to ensure that Louisiana's environmental resources - and the diversity of species that inhabit them - were protected from any impacts. Furthermore, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concluded the project will have no adverse effects to threatened or endangered species.
Pipelines are the safest, most efficient method of transporting natural resources, according to data from the U.S. Department of Transportation. There are more than 2 million miles of active pipelines across the country, all carefully regulated by state and federal safety standards to provide critical infrastructure for energy development. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline project is committed to the safety of the community, workers and the environment during construction and operation of the pipeline. Using advanced technology and a proven safety design, the project has added extra safety features that exceed federal requirements and will ensure the least impact to the environment and local communities along the route.
To date, Bayou Bridge Pipeline has received endorsements or letters of support from the following people or groups: Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards - Endorsed the project on his monthly radio show. Nancy Landry - Louisiana House of Representatives, District 31 Stephen Dwight - Louisiana House of Representatives, District 35 Stuart
One of our core values as a company is environmental stewardship - not only because it is good business, but because it is the right thing to do. When planning a pipeline, our highly skilled engineers, environmental scientists, wild life biologists and geologists design our pipelines to follow the safest routes with the least environmental impact.
The real facts on the economic benefit of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline are being misrepresented by a small number of those who don't want you to know the truth. Here's the truth about the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.