GULF COAST, Louisiana (Aug. 5, 2018) -- This afternoon an Energy Transfer Partners contractor armed with a shotgun and handgun came to the area where we are blocking the Bayou Bridge Pipeline in the Atchafalaya Basin. He aimed the shotgun at water protectors and used the butt of the shotgun to physically assault someone. He proceeded to threaten more violence against the water protectors who were on the scene.
The contractor said he was sent by CLM Industries, which is providing fan boat services to shuttle ETP workers to construction sites accessible only by boat. Yesterday this same contractor threatened water protectors with violence (video in the comment section).
This is a developing story. The blockade in the swamp is very remote, we will post additional footage and details as they become available.
It is also important to note that we have lots of support from folks in the Basin, and that this incident points to the violence that ETP is bringing in to the community.
Despite this violence, today Water Protectors on kayaks once again shut down construction of the pipeline. This is the 26th day in a row we have stopped construction in the swamp.
We are putting everything on the line to stop the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, which is the tail end of DAPL. Please support our resistance.
UPDATE Aug.6, 2018
Our people are safe after an armed ETP contractor attacked and threatened water protectors at the site of our ongoing blockades in the Atchafalaya Basin.
In the video below you can hear this contractor threatening water protectors on kayaks. This video was shot on Saturday. Yesterday this same contractor returned with multiple guns, aimed a shotgun at water protectors and used the butt of the shotgun to physically assault one of them.
Despite this attack, today we once again shut down multiple Bayou Bridge Pipeline construction sites in the Basin. But at some sites, pipeline workers illegally continued construction despite the presence of water protectors in the direct vicinity.
More footage from the swamps is coming soon.
Please support our resistance.
More then anything we need more water protectors to come join us on the frontlines. If you personally know someone at camp or who is involved with our struggle, reach out to them and then make plans to come here. Otherwise please fill out this application form to join us: http://bit.ly/JoinTheFrontlines
Listen to threat recorded to water protectors by this pipeline contractor on the Bayou Bridge pipeline, as he threatens "gonna get hurt bad.'