Louisiana Lawmakers Eye Stiffer Penalties for Pipeline Damage

Louisiana Lawmakers Eye Stiffer Penalties for Pipeline Damage

Anthony Izaguirreirre | Insurance Journal

A fight over a crude oil pipeline in southern Louisiana has spilled into the Legislature.

A proposal to stiffen penalties for damaging or trespassing around pipelines is nearing final passage after winning approval from a Senate judicial committee.

Rep. Major Thibaut’s bill would classify pipelines as critical infrastructure, lumping them in the same category as power plants and water treatment facilities.

If the Democrat’s proposal becomes law, anyone who damages a pipeline could face up to 15 years in prison and someone who unlawfully enters pipeline land could get up to five years. The intention, he said, is to protect pipelines…(Read the full story)

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