In February U.S. District Court Judge Shelly Dick issued a preliminary injunction against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, blocking construction on the project in the Atchafalaya Basin. Last week the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned that ruling in a much welcomed move.
GAIN Legal Advisor Richard Epstein recently wrote a piece in Forbes analyzing the Fifth Circuit’s decision to stay the preliminary injunction. He argues that since there have been no issues during construction it is completely unnecessary to shut the project down.
“The environmental and economic benefits of the project to the nation as a whole outweigh any minor risks of not having the ideal mitigation program in place. To shut down this project at this stage would be to give undue weight to remote environmental issues and to ignore the palpable losses that stopping the project will have for both environmental and economic issues.”
GAIN applauds the decision to overturn Judge Dick’s ruling and hopes that there will be no further delays to impede construction on this crucial project.