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A flag marks one of the bounderies of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project. Dean Wilson, executive director of Atchafalaya Basinkeeper drives the boat while taking to the swamp to show areas where oil and gas companies have ravaged the natural ecosystem Friday April 27, 2018, near Bayou Sorrel, La.

As we’ve seen with multiple incidences over the past several months, misinformation is everywhere and can permeate rather quickly. Journalists’ duty is to dig through any potentially false information and reveal the truth. When the news media publishes something that’s incorrect, it can have major consequences.

So we have seen within multiple recent incidents, which falsely reported that a district court judge shut down the Bayou Bridge pipeline. The story is based on comments by Elizabeth Livingston de Calderon, an environmental attorney.

In fact, a judge did not sign an order halting construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The order actually “remanded [the matter] to the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources for further proceedings.”

The Bayou Bridge pipeline has been under stringent review by federal, state, and local authorities for more than a year. Highly skilled and expert career professionals examined every aspect of this pipeline’s planned construction and found that it would have little to no impact on the environment as well as the local communities along the route.

Bayou Bridge construction continues in St. James amid judge's unfavorable decision

Now, in a soft blow to the regulatory process, Judge Alvin Turner Jr. has ordered that the Department of Natural Resources revisit its review of the pipeline.

Turner’s ruling is a bit of a discouragement to the project, but it certainly will not halt construction outright. As public debate on this project is sure to continue, let’s make sure we get the facts right.

Randy Hayden

president, Louisianians for Energy

Baton Rouge