Description: Challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits and authorizations for crude oil pipeline in Louisiana.
Atchafalaya Basinkeeper v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 01/11/2018 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Lawsuit Filed Challenging Corps of Engineers Approvals for Crude Oil Pipeline in Louisiana. Six organizations filed a lawsuit in the federal district court for the Middle District of Louisiana challenging permits and authorizations issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, a 162.5-mile-long pipeline that would carry crude oil from Lake Charles, Louisiana, to St. James, Louisiana. The plaintiffs alleged that the Corps had not complied with the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, or the National Environmental Policy Act, including by conducting a “plainly inadequate” environmental review that “failed to assess the climate impacts of ‘locking in’ future reliance on fossil fuels with a massive infrastructure investment.” The complaint also alleged that the Corps’ “public interest” review pursuant to the Clean Water Act and Rivers and Harbors Act did not adequately consider floodplains and coastal loss impacts. The complaint asserted that Executive Order 11988 required the Corps to “consider alternatives to avoid adverse effects and incompatible development in the floodplains.”