BR.pipeline0188.021417 bf

Anne Rolfes, Director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, right, shows a Pipeline Accident Chart for emphasis while speaking against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, as from left, Stephanie Grey with Abita 100, Martial Broussard, and Cherri Foytlin with BOLD Louisiana, watch. Several environmental groups held a press conference Monday Feb. 13, 2017, outside the state department of environmental quality to protest the Bayou Bridge pipeline, especially in light of Thursday night's fire on the pipeline in Paradis, which is owned by Bayou Bridge partner Phillips 66.

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY BILL FEIG

As a business owner, I stand against the building of the Bayou Bridge pipeline.

My company manufactures bags for the purpose of exploration and recreation in our unique southern Louisiana landscape. We take pride in using materials that are sourced directly from our own natural ecosystems, supporting an industry that is now threatened by the construction of this pipeline.

The plans for the pipeline will cut through the invaluable forests of the Atchafalaya Basin — an ecosystem that has been a vital source of food and life for our southern Louisiana community. And while we already have hundreds of pipelines lying under these waters, the Bayou Bridge pipeline will be the largest proposed pipeline impact to wetlands Louisiana has seen in decades.

To lay the pipeline across Louisiana, they will clear trees from the path and around the path to allow the needed trucks and machinery. The Bayou Bridge construction alone will destroy 600 acres of wetlands, and tens of thousands more acres will be impacted.

This scar across our Basin will not only deter people from spending money to visit and experience this vital natural habitat; it will greatly reduce the opportunity for our crawfish farmers and gator hunters to generate much-needed income for the area. Have we not given enough of our diminishing land and our rich culture to Big Oil?

Patti Dunn

owner, Tchoup Industries

New Orleans