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Environmental protesters wave banners and chant at the site of work on the Bayou Bridge pipeline near Belle Rose Monday.

Work temporarily stopped on the Bayou Bridge pipeline near Belle Rose Monday after a handful of environmental protesters stood in the way of the machinery, with three of them getting arrested.

Anne Rolfes, founding director of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, identified those arrested as Benjamin Quimby, Pippin Frisbie-Calder and Meg Logue. Quimby and Logue are with 350 New Orleans.

Assumption Parish Sheriff's Commander Lonny Cavalier said they were each booked into jail on three counts: resisting arrest, criminal trespass and remaining on property after being asked to leave.

A larger group of about two dozen protesters stood on the side of the road on Highway 70 in Assumption Parish. Construction workers also stood on the side of the road.

Two of the activists sat on a pipe, while others walked through the construction area surrounded by backhoes. Around 12:30 p.m., Assumption Parish sheriff's deputies had handcuffed and detained three of them. 

By just before 1 p.m., work restarted on the project. 

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On Friday, a federal judge ordered the company building the 163-mile pipeline to halt at least some construction on the project, granting the request of environmental groups. The company on Monday said they are interpreting the order to mean that only work within the Atchafalaya Basin is blocked. The Assumption Parish worksite is outside the basin.


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