Councilman And Residents Upset Over Parish’s Planning Commission And Council’s Approval Of Bayou Bridge Pipeline

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by Pam Folse 

The St. James Parish Council Wednesday night voted along racial lines to ratify the decision of the St. James Parish Planning Commission to approve the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

District 5 Councilman Clyde Cooper, who represents the residents in the area where the pipeline will eventually terminate, earlier asked fellow councilmen to hear the appeal of the Planning Commission’s decision.

The board meeting room at the Vacherie Courthouse Annex was standing room only and many of those who voiced opposition to the earlier decision were from the 5th District, while others were members of environmental and social justice organizations from New Orleans and other areas.


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