Atchafalaya Basinkeeper inspects damage left by Bayou Bridge Pipeline

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An afternoon on the Atchafalaya.

“In this area, there were legacy trees. These are trees that were believe to be between a thousand and fifteen hundred years old.”

A nice sunset, birds flying through trees and an unwanted mess left behind.

“Illegal fills of wetlands, big hills of dirt, they block all the waterways from the inter coastal waterways all the way to the Atchafalaya river.”

Atchafalaya Basin Keeper’s Executive Director Dean Wilson said, the aftermath of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline created more problems than solutions.

“When the Mississippi floods or the Morganza spill way, it goes right here. When you destroy the basin that way and you fill the swamps with sand and sediment. You actually destroy the reality of the Atchafalaya Basin to handle those floods” said Wilson.

Scientist Ivor Van Heerden worked on Louisiana’s waterways for years. He said, seeing how energy transfer partners left the wetland cuts deep.

“We’re taking this gem and sticking knifes in it and we’re trying to destroy it. It’s got to change” said Van Heerden.

Unable to tour the entire river on a small boat, environmentalist said, now that the pipeline is installed, the lack of cleanup is a violation of the clean water act. Saying, if it’s not taken care of, we could be in big trouble.

“It’s a case of here we go again. We just destroy our coast; we destroy everything until it’s too late.”

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