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L'eau Est La Vie - No Bayou Bridge

$75,881 of $100,000 goal

Raised by 1,141 people in 3 months
Created August 2, 2018
L’eau Est La Vie. Mni Mconi. Water Is Life.

Here in the bayous of Louisiana, our water and way of life is under threat, and we need your support.

Energy Transfer Partners (ETP), the very same company behind the notorious Dakota Access Pipeline, is trying to build a 162 mile crude oil pipeline across Louisiana called the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (BBP). 

The BBP will pollute our water, crossing an astounding 700 bodies of water including  Bayou LaFourche, a critical reservoir that supplies the United Houma Nation and 300,000 Louisiana residents with clean, safe drinking water.

The BBP will destroy our economy. Existing oil pipelines have already created enormous problems for our crawfishing industry. The BBP will only make these problems worse, creating dams in the Atchafalaya Basin dozens of miles long that irreparably damage the ecosystem and make fishing for crawfish impossible. The crawfishing industry supports thousands of good jobs in Louisiana. The BBP will only create 12 permanent jobs. 

The spoil banks will worsen flooding. When flooding is worse, our communities suffer. Our homes our damaged, our crops are destroyed, our infrastructure is eroded, our families get sick, and our economy is harmed. 

The BBP violates indigenous sovereignty. Along its path of destruction, the BBP would impact sacred mounds and threaten drinking water of the United Houma Nation, a tribe that has been seeking federal recognition for decades. The United Houma Nation has not been consulted and has not given consent for the construction of this pipeline.

The BBP will destroy our coast. Wetlands are sponges for floodwaters. They are vital to a resilient Southern Louisiana, and already because of climate change and development, Louisiana is losing an average of one acre of coastal wetlands per hour. The State of Luisiana is frantically trying to figure out how to save our coast, but building the BBP will make the situation worse. 

The BBP is a climate disaster. It will create the carbon equivalent of 30 new coal plants. The BBP is not compatible with our global mandate to limit climate change to 1.5℃. 

Our growing network of impacted landowners, tribal members, environmental justice communities, and fisherfolk have submitted comments, spoken out at hearings, and demanded proper environmental reviews and that our concerns will be taken seriously. None of this has happened. ETP has swindled landowners, bought our politicians, and refused to address any of the community’s needs. Enough is enough. If our leaders won’t stand up to stop this pipeline and protect our water, then we the people of Louisiana will. 

We have built the L’eau Est La Vie camp to protect our water and our way of life from the Bayou Bridge pipeline. 

We need your support to acquire crucial supplies including:
- Building materials
- Tools
- Medical supplies
- Boats
- Tents
- Mosquito protection
- Sleeping bags
- Food
- Cooking supplies
- Clothing 
- Action materials
- Art supplies
- Documentation equipment
- Safety equipment

We are also raising funds anticipating needs for legal aid, trainings, and more.

Please give generously and share with your community.
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St. Martin Parish continues to target women from our campaign with False warrants.

A Water Protector, our sister, a trans woman of color, was picked up on bogus charges while simply driving down the road in St. Martin parish. This is part of the ongoing harassment of women that we have faced as we continue to stand against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.

We are going to get them out of jail but we need your help. We are still rebuilding after our boats were sunk by ETP security and are low on funds.

If you ever wanted to help us, now is the time.
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“UPDATE:
Hello from the bayoulands! We’ve had quite a run these past few weeks and first, want to thank you all for your support. Every penny goes a long way!
In the pre-dawn hours on Monday morning, Energy Transfer Partners Bayou Bridge pipeline security created life-threatening wakes in the bayou near a construction site and within seconds, sank two of our boats filled with nearly 15 people, including two national media crews. Our femme Captains made split-second decisions, getting us to shore as our boats sank into the alligator and snake filled waters of the Atchafalaya swamp. Thankfully, no lives were lost, no one was hurt, and all are safe.
As you can imagine, we sustained incredible losses of valuable equipment used to document construction monitoring, not to mention our boats, and nearly everyone’s personal gear, including cell phones and cameras, boots that were kicked off to survive the current as folks were submerged in the swamp waters, and so much more. We are tallying our material losses, and still shutting down ETP at every turn.
Today, we shut down ETP’s special meeting of shareholders in Dallas, TX, and sent Kelcy Warren running from the venue. L’eau Est La Vie joined impacted Water Protectors and land-owners who are on the frontlines of ETP’s Dakota Access, Mariner East, Trans-Pecos River, and Bayou Bridge pipelines to demand accountability for ETP’s actions from shareholders and executives.
Inside the meeting, Cherri Foytlin, from L’eau Est La Vie Camp, Waniya Locke, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Ellen Sue Gerhart, from south-central Pennsylvania disrupted the meeting. Cherri and Waniya were both arrested. Outside the meeting, a multi-story banner was dropped from a parking structure reading “Kelcy Warren Hates Black & Brown People” while Water Protectors rallied with props and banners.
Since August 1st, 17 Water Protectors have been charged with felonies under Louisiana’s new anti-protest law that’s currently being hustled by ALEC (the industry backed American Legislative Exchange Council) to several states facing public opposition to pipeline projects. Water Protectors are also facing nearly 100 misdemeanor charges prior to August 1st.
L’eau Est La Vie has conducted over 100 non-violent direct actions, stopping construction for nearly 40 days and close to getting a way out for the community of St. James, Louisiana, the terminus for the pipeline and home to Cancer Alley.
Thank you for your support.
L’eau Est La Vie”
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Hello from the bayoulands! We’ve had quite a run these past few weeks and first, want to thank you all for your support. Every penny goes a long way!

In the pre-dawn hours on Monday morning, Energy Transfer Partners Bayou Bridge pipeline security created life-threatening wakes in the bayou near a construction site and within seconds, sank two of our boats filled with nearly 15 people, including two national media crews. Our femme Captains made split-second decisions, getting us to shore as our boats sank into the alligator and snake filled waters of the Atchafalaya swamp. Thankfully, no lives were lost, no one was hurt, and all are safe.

As you can imagine, we sustained incredible losses of valuable equipment used to document construction monitoring, not to mention our boats, and nearly everyone’s personal gear, including cell phones and cameras, boots that were kicked off to survive the current as folks were submerged in the swamp waters, and so much more. We are tallying our material losses, and still shutting down ETP at every turn.

Today, we swamped ETP’s special meeting of shareholders in Dallas, TX, effectively shutting it down and sending Kelcy Warren running from the venue. L’eau Est La Vie joined impacted Water Protectors and land-owners who are on the frontlines of ETP’s Dakota Access, Mariner East, Trans-Pecos River, and Bayou Bridge pipelines to demand accountability for ETP’s actions from shareholders and executives.

Inside the meeting, Cherri Foytlin, from L’eau Est La Vie Camp, Waniya Locke, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and Ellen Sue Gerhart, from south-central Pennsylvania disrupted the meeting. Cherri and Waniya were both arrested. Outside the meeting, a multi-story banner was dropped from a parking structure reading “Kelcy Warren Hates Black & Brown People” while Water Protectors rallied with props and banners.

Since August 1st, 17 Water Protectors have been charged with felonies under Louisiana’s new anti-protest law that’s currently being hustled by ALEC (the industry backed American Legislative Exchange Council) to several states facing public opposition to pipeline projects. Water Protectors are also facing nearly 100 misdemeanor charges prior to August 1st.

L’eau Est La Vie has conducted over 100 non-violent direct actions, stopping construction for nearly 40 days and close to getting a way out for the community of St. James, Louisiana, the terminus for the pipeline and home to Cancer Alley.

Thank you for your support.

L’eau Est La Vie
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