Jessica Parfait is a member of the United Houma Nation, a Native American Tribe whose members have inhabited Louisiana for hundreds of years. Multiple forced migrations pushed them into the swamps of Louisiana's coast that were deemed uninhabitable by early settlers. It was here that the Houma thrived off of the land. When industry came to South Louisiana it employed many people, but has also caused irreversible destruction to the the land. Now the Bayou Bridge Pipeline threatens to further that damage and risk tribal members’ primary sources of drinking water.
Fifty miles up the Mississippi River from New Orleans, in the heart of "Cancer Alley," sits the fifth district of St. James Parish. This area is made up of a collection of small communities including Freetown, which was founded by former slaves and free people of color. Already surrounded by crude oil storage tanks and chemical plants, the fifth district stands to be the terminus point for the proposed Bayou Bridge Pipeline. Reverend Harry Joseph, Pastor of the Mount Triumph Baptist Church, is leading the fight to stop the building of this pipeline.
General Russel Honore is still considered a hero by Louisianans for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It was during this time that the General first learned about the environmental destruction caused by the oil and gas industry. Flying over the land, he saw oil spills and learned from his helicopter pilot that these ‘accidents’ happened frequently, and not just because of hurricanes. After retiring from his 33 years of service to the Army, the General returned to Louisiana and created the Green ARMY to address the devastating impacts of the petrochemical industry.
Crisscrossing the Atchafalaya Basin, North America’s largest swamp, is a tangled spider web of pipelines that carry oil and gas through these delicate wetlands. Hundreds of miles of east-west pipelines and their accompanying spoil banks have disrupted the north-south water flow, creating vast areas of stagnant water where crawfish and other wildlife can no longer survive. The Bayou Bridge Pipeline would pose an additional threat to the very existence of this biodiverse area.
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