HB727 will prohibit people from protesting the Bayou Bridge pipeline.
The Bayou Bridge pipeline will destroy the Atchafalaya Basin.
The Atchafalaya Basin is "the largest wetland and swamp in the United States... It contains the largest... block of forested wetlands remaining (about 35%) in the lower Mississippi River valley and the largest block of floodplain forest in the United States" (Wikipedia).
Basically it's crucial for its clean water and for protecting our coastal cities and towns from flooding. The Basin actually meets the requirements for "Critical Infrastructure" as defined by the Federal Government and might one day be designated as such, if politics swing in its favor. Though, if the pipeline goes through, the Basin won't make it long enough to see that happen.
Like many artists and martyrs, The Basin might not receive recognition for its contributions until after it's dead when an older, wiser government will acknowledge the sins of the past. Assuming we make it that long.
The Companies want to end the pipeline in Saint James Parish, where Oil and Gas already has a strong presence. I admit I don't know the town well. A quick google frames it as a historic town. WGNO calls it "the bonfire capital of the world." And apparently it is the only cultivation site in the world for Perique tobacco, which has been produced for nearly two centuries by an Acadian exile and his descendants (Wiki). They didn't sell out to Big Tobacco and are now in high demand.
People in Saint James are already poisoned and dying of cancer.
The purpose of the pipeline is to connect Texas with Louisiana. It's another Oil and Gas superhighway.
So they don't even need it. It's just to cut transport times. It's the (Time = Money!) mentality. They just want to do more. They just want to make more. Because they can. Because we let them.
They might be throwing it all on the wall for the little time they have left before everyone turns on them, trying to get as much money as possible before people are no longer using gas and fuel.
Because it's clear that next 30 years are going to be "critical" for the Oil and Gas industry. If they make it that long...
So call your Representative today!