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The Latest: Attorney general backs pipeline trespass law

May 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on a legal challenge to a law that stiffened penalties for trespassing near pipelines (all times local):

4:15 p.m.

Louisiana’s attorney general says he’ll “vigorously defend” a state law that was amended last year to stiffen penalties for those trespassing near pipelines.

Lawmakers approved the legislation amid protests over construction of the now completed Bayou Bridge pipeline in south Louisiana.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade organization and landowners whose property was seized for the project are among plaintiffs in a lawsuit announced Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

So are protesters and a journalist who, the suit says, were arrested for being in an area where they had permission to be from a landowner.

The suit says the law is unconstitutionally vague and endangers the rights of pipeline opponents. The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association, which backed passage of the law, says it does not violate anyone’s rights.

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10 a.m.

Environmentalists want a federal court to declare unconstitutional a Louisiana law that stiffened penalties for trespassing around pipelines.

Lawmakers approved the bill last year amid protests over construction of the now completed Bayou Bridge pipeline in south Louisiana.

The Louisiana Bucket Brigade organization and landowners whose property was seized for the project are among plaintiffs in a lawsuit announced Wednesday in Baton Rouge.

So are protesters and a journalist who, the suit says, were arrested for being in an area where they had permission to be from a landowner.

The lawsuit names Attorney General Jeff Landry as a defendant. Landry’s office declined immediate comment, having not seen the suit.

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