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Water Protectors Arrested While Halting Illegal Construction of Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Water Protectors Arrested While Halting Illegal Construction of Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Water protectors brutally arrested today at site of Energy TransferPartners illegal construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

ST. MARTIN PARISH, LOUISIANA September 4, 2018–Four Water Protectors were brutally arrested today in the Atchafalaya Basin while attempting to halt the illegal construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ Bayou Bridge Pipeline, considered the terminus of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“I’ve been asked to protect this piece of land and I intend to do it,” said Cherri Foytlin, L’eau est la Vie Camp Council Member.

This comes on the heels of the August 20th arrests of four protectors, including a journalist, who were charged with felony interference with critical infrastructure, which carriesa maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Sheriffs tased and arrested a water protector, denying them food, water, and medical attention. Water Protectors were previously arrested on Wright’s property, despite her permission to stay there.

Water Protectors contend that there is no easement agreement between ETP and Theda Wright, rendering all construction on Wright’s land illegal. They demand that ETP cease illegal construction of the pipeline, end the attacks on Water Protectors, create and implement an effective an evacuation route for those directly affected by their pipeline, and release those arrested today. Water Protectors will remain on Wright’s property indefinitely.

The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is 162 miles from southeast Texas to St. James, LA where it will transport crude oil from the Bakken Oil fields of North Dakota to international markets. September 3rd was the two-year anniversary of the violent use of attack dogs on the predominately Indigenous Water Protectors at Standing Rock.

CW: Police Violence."We need you here. We need you here now." – Cherri Foytlin.Friends – please SHARE this video. St. Martin Parish Sheriffs deputies did this because they think they can get away with it. They do this because they think that no one is watching. LETS MAKE THEM INFAMOUS. ***Today St. Martin Sheriffs’s deputies arrested Cherri and three other water protectors at a Bayou Bridge pipeline construction site in the Atchafalaya Basin. At least three people are facing trumped up felony charges. The deputies used pain compliance, pepper spray and batons. They arrested us on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). On the land we have permission to be. And they do not.ETP is trying to silence our resistance, but it will only grow. If you ever wanted to join us on the frontlines, now is the time. JOIN US by emailing resist@nobbp.org with your name, phone number, why you want to come to camp, when you will be arriving and how long you plan on staying. We will respond with the directions to camp and what to bring.***Then PLEASE CALL the St. Martin Parish Sheriff Department and demand that they stop illegally arresting and brutalizing water protectors: (337) 394-8931 and then call Governor John Bel Edwards (225)342-7015 and demand that he intervene and order law enforcement to uphold the law, stop illegal construction, and stop brutalizing water protectors. You can also donate to help us get folks out of jail: https://www.gofundme.com/nobbp#NoBayouBridge #StopETP

Posted by L'eau Est La Vie Camp – No Bayou Bridge on Tuesday, September 4, 2018

MEDIACONTACTS:
MarkTilsen, 605-415-8533
AnneWhite Hat, 504-722-5750
CherriFoytlin, 334-462-4484
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