(Sept. 4) Police have arrested multiple water protectors, including Cherri Foytlin, at the site where Energy Transfer Partners is illegally constructing the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.
Energy Transfer Partners DOES NOT have permission or an easement to carry out work on this land. WE DO have written permission from the landowner to be on the site. St. Martin Parish Sheriffs are continuing to do the dirty work of ETP by essentially running private security for their illegal construction.
This is a developing story but we need your help.
CALL the St. Martin Parish Sheriff Department and demand that they stop illegally arresting water protectors: (337) 394-8931
Please DONATE to help us get folks out of jail: https://www.gofundme.com/nobbp
JOIN US on the frontlines by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, phone number, why you want to come to camp, when you will be arriving and how long you plan on staying. We will respond with the directions to camp and what to bring.
UPDATE: Sept. 5, 2018
SUPPORT NEEDED – MAKE THESE TWO CALLS
Call the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s office and demand that the water protectors who were violently arrested yesterday be given their medication, have access to medical care and be released: (337) 394-8931
Call Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and demand that he intervene in this situation and to stop the illegal construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in the Atchafalaya Basin: (225) 342-7015
Yesterday four people were arrested and many more violently attacked on private land that we have permission to be on. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) DOES NOT have permission to be on the land and does not have an easement for it, yet they are continuing construction there anyway.
As we stopped this illegal pipeline construction, police, ETP workers and private security responded with batons, pepper spray and brute force. Four people were arrested and are being held on trumped up felony charges.
One protector had their labeled medication on them when they were arrested, but the Sheriffs are refusing to let them have access to it. Another water protector has a serious injury and is requesting medical treatment but the Sheriffs are ignoring the request. All four protectors are currently being held without bail.
Please make the calls to support these protectors!
You can also donate to help with legal costs here: https://www.gofundme.com/nobbp
The Bayou Bridge Pipeline is the tail end of the Dakota Access Pipeline and is cutting across southern Louisiana. We have resisted the project with worksite disruptions, lock-downs, tree-sits and all other avenues. ETP has continuously ignored court orders and Louisiana state law to construct the pipeline. But the project is still far behind schedule and now they are growing desperate.