BP turns environmental hurdles into community relations success

The onshore portion of the Mardi Gras transportation system in South Louisiana presented a significant regulatory and community relations challenge for BP. The original project plans called for the Endymion pipeline to take a direct path from the offshore location to the LOOP system at Clovelly (see Fig. 1 in main article). This direct path would have meant laying pipe across cypress swamps and protected wetlands.The team assessed several alternative routes and worked with regulatory agencies to route the pipeline through less-sensitive open water, rather than through the protected marsh areas. This move cost an additional $10 million but eased the permitting process and minimized environ...

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