Pipeline Fight

FILE - In this April 27, 2018, file photo, a old logging canal cuts through Bayou Sorrel in the Atchafalaya River Basin in Louisiana. Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC’s building a crude oil pipeline in Louisiana expects to complete the construction project by October if a federal appeals court doesn’t order another halt to the work. In a court filing Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Bayou Bridge Pipeline LLC’s attorneys said construction of the entire 163-mile pipeline was nearly 76 percent complete as of Sunday. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Activists climbed onto a construction crane and chained themselves to heavy equipment Wednesday seeking to block construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline again.

The 163-mile crude oil pipeline runs from Lake Charles to St. James Parish. Permits, land rights and other aspects of construction have been challenged in multiple courts along the route, but company officials have said Bayou Bridge is forecast to be operational by the end of the year.

In addition to the legal opposition, demonstrators have physically blocked construction crews from work, often in the swamps of St. Martin Parish. Several have been arrested under newly enshrined charges that make trespassing on pipeline rights of way a felony. At least three more people attached themselves to construction machinery Wednesday in St. Martin, L'eau Est La Vie wrote.

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