We requested it. And we got it. Join us at a public hearing for the proposed Ascension Pipeline, this Thursday in LaPlace.The Ascension Pipeline would transport natural gas liquids (NGL) from a processing plant to a nearby refinery, streamlining operations for two multibillion-dollar corporations. The proposal threatens over 130 wetland acres. Most is precious Cypress Tupelo swamp.The wetland destruction would also fall within the Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area, an expanse dedicated to preserving nature. Traversing the Maurepas Swamp means crossing the scenic Blind River. With more than 20 pipelines already running under these waters, how many is too many?The Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) requires a Coastal Use Permit (CUP) for all coastal developments. Potential projects must offer a Justification Analysis to demonstrate the “public need and demand for the goods and/or services to be provided by the development.” However, pipelines that carry oil and gas related products do not require justification “because energy exploration and production is considered an issue of national significance.” To be clear, no public need for the Ascension Pipeline exists. Its sole purpose is to generate profits for the industry that continues to extract resources from the Gulf.You have the power to say “no” to this project! While our government continues to limit public participation, this is a genuine opportunity to demand accountability. LDNR will use all information from the public hearing to evaluate Ascension Pipeline’s proposed Coastal Use Permit. The agency will accept both oral and written statements. For carpool arrangements, feel free to call us at 504-525-1528 x209 and x212.August 4th, 6 PM, St John the Baptist Central Library, 2920 Highway 51, LaPlace, LA 70068LDNR will even collect statements until August 15th. You can email Mark Hogan at Mark.Hogan@la.gov. Remember to include the permit number (P20150393) and your contact information.The Maurepas Swamp is worth protecting. Image courtesy of CWPPRA.James Hartwell is GRN’s Coastal Wetland Analyst.