'The Louisiana Bucket Brigade is an environmental justice organization that advocates for communities most impacted by the state’s oil refineries and chemical plants. It has fought construction of Energy Transfer Partners’ Bayou Bridge oil pipeline, and newly released documents indicate activists were targets of surveillance.
The environmental justice organization and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a public records request [PDF] with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ).
James Waskom, the director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, forwarded an email on January 4 that included details on the Louisiana Bucket Brigade’s “2018 focus areas.” It was from Buren Ric Moore, an intelligence analyst at the Louisiana State Analytical & Fusion Exchange Liaison.
The analyst noted [PDF], “On 4 January 2018, the Brigade will live stream from a hearing regarding the Bayou Bridge pipeline at St. James Parish at 12:15 pm.”
L’Eau est la Vie, an indigenous encampment, was also monitored. Moore suggested the encampment was more “formally organized” than the encampment at Standing Rock setup to oppose the Dakota Access pipeline.
Meanwhile, No Bayou Bridge is organizing a resistance camp, which they call L’Eau est la Vie, French for “water is life.” Unlike the Standing Rock protest camp, L’Eau est la Vie is more formally organized. Instead of merely showing up, the indigenous-led camp requires that they be first vetted. The vetting process claims to include a written application, a phone interview, and both webinar and in-person training on topics including swamp survival skills, anti-oppression, and “direct action.” The application asks potential protesters if they have participated in resistance camps before, have received direct action training, or have previous organizing experience.
The Department of Natural Resources, the Louisiana State Police, and the Louisiana National Guard each received intelligence reports on pipeline reports. An FBI agent was copied on one of the emails.
The same documents also show coordination between representatives of Energy Transfer Partners and the very agencies in charge of awarding permits to the Bayou Bridge pipeline project.'
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