UPDATED 11 a.m. Dec. 5:
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and
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
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
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?"