Protesters Tried To Block Pipeline Construction, But Gave Up When It Got Too Hot Outside

Jason Hopkins | Energy Investigator

Environmental protesters showed up to a pipeline construction site hoping to block progress, but the Louisiana heat proved too much for them.

Two protesters drove to a construction site Saturday morning with the intention of interfering with work. The two individuals, like numerous other environmental protesters in the past months, allegedly wanted to derail completion of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline being built in southern Louisiana. After parking off of a highway in Iberville Parish, one of the individuals attached himself to the back-end of his vehicle and — despite the arrival of law enforcement — refused to leave.

However, one element proved too much for the pipeline opponents.

Both protesters eventually gave up and surrendered to police after the heat became too unbearable, according to WBRZ News. In fact, one of them had to be examined for heat-related illness before both were arrested. Weather records indicate the heat in Iberville Parish hit 90 degrees on Saturday morning and peaked at 95 later in the day — too hot for someone’s body tied to the trunk of a car.

The protest pertained to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, an 163-mile crude oil pipeline that, once completed, will transfer 480,000 barrels of crude oil a day. From lawsuits to physical protests, environmental activists have tried nearly everything to derail progress on the project.

However, their efforts have proved mostly unfruitful. A spokeswoman for Energy Transfer Partners, the operators of the Bayou Pipeline, told The Daily Caller News Foundation these protests hardly prolong construction for more than a couple hours. (RELATED: Energy Spokeswoman: Pipeline Protests Aren’t Very Effective)

“We have been pleased with the pace of our construction overall,” Transfer Energy Partners spokeswoman Alexis Daniel told TheDCNF in a statement. “The tactics of the opposition to stop or delay construction, while they are unlawful and a nuisance, don’t typically stop work for more than a couple of hours at most.”

Construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline is expected to be completed by October.

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