UPDATED 11 a.m. Dec. 5:

The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a public notice Monday announcing a public hearing on water quality permits for the Bayou Bridge Pipeline will be at 6 p.m. Jan. 12 in the Oliver Pollock Room of the Galvez Building, 602 North 5th St. in Baton Rouge.

Native Americans on the snow-covered plains of North Dakota protesting a proposed pipeline they fear will threaten their drinking water may seem far removed from Louisiana.

But the same company that's building the Dakota Access Pipeline wants to build a 162-mile pipeline that would cut through the Atchafalaya Basin and 11 Louisiana parishes, including Lafayette, just south of Youngsville.

Environmental groups, some landowners and concerned citizens are quietly building resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline project, gathering thousands of signatures from as far away as New Zealand and South Africa, forcing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to call for a public hearing where they plan to demand a thorough environmental impact assessment of the project.

Cherri Foytlin, of Rayne, a Native American who spent time with the North Dakota pipeline protesters, believes the Dakota movement may be inspiring people in Louisiana, where the oil and gas industry still reigns, to demand protection for their environment, too.

"Enough is enough," she said. "At what point do we draw the line and say we're not going to be the energy sacrifice area for this nation anymore?"