Last week, GAIN held a tele town hall on the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. The call connected us with people in communities along the path of the pipeline to discuss, in-depth, the details the vital infrastructure project.
Experts in the field, ETP officials, and advisers to GAIN all took part in the event to answer questions from residents. The informational session helped to shed some light on how, where, and what exactly the Bayou Bridge Pipeline is.
Energy Transfer Partners’ Senior Vice President of Engineering Chris Sonneborn kicked off the event, detailing that safety is at the heart of all ETP projects.
As Chris says:
“Let me start off by stating that environmental stewardship is one of the core values here at ETP and it’s not just because it’s a good business practice but it is the right thing to do. In our planning of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline route, like all of our projects, we referred to our highly skilled engineers, environmental scientists and other experts to make sure that we followed the safest routes with the least environmental impact.”
ETP is dedicated to protecting the Atchafalaya Basin during the installation of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline. That’s why the company is using specialized equipment during construction. It’s also employing methods aimed at mitigating any impact on the basin, and restoring any areas that the pipeline encounters.
The company is also stepping up safety on all fronts, going above and beyond regulatory requirements. Inspectors were on site during pipe production and will continue to examine the construction throughout installation. The pipe is also 100% made in the United States, and of a higher standard than mandated.
As Chris says:
“Bayou Bridge is employing pipe with thicker walls than required by regulation that all public road, waterway and railroad crossings providing additional pipe strength beyond the minimum requirement. Also the pipe is being installed to a greater depth than required through residential, industrial, commercial and cultivated areas to provide additional protection for potential third party damage.”
Even after completion Chris says the pipeline will be monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, proving an amazing dedication to Bayou Bridge Pipeline and the people of Louisiana.