>> Jodi Mesh is a commercial fisherman who's been working in Louisiana for 25 years. Here, he's setting traps for crawfish, but he's noticed a change in the waters that's affecting his daily haul.>> We built traps tall enough to where when the current stops moving to the point like it does, the crawfish can come up in our trap and get air and they won't die in our traps.
But when water gets so stagnant like that, they don't wanna eat. They become very lethargic. You know what I'm saying? So it's very low production on crawfish.>> Mash blames pipelines under the water for disturbing his crawfish beds, and there could be more construction to come. Energy Transfer Partners, the same company behind the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline is now planning to expand the Bayou Bridge Pipeline through the heart of this basin making Louisiana swamps and bayous the latest battleground over new pipeline construction.
Reuters Correspondent, Liz Hampton.>> Crawfish and many others who use the basin to support themselves, feed their families even aren't actually opposed to having the pipeline. What they would like to see is a more careful and better treatment of the environment.>> In Louisiana, home to massive oil refineries with over 50,000 miles of pipelines, the fight is complicated by the state's reliance on oil and gas.
Mesh, who once worked in the oil industry, and other fishermen are joining forces with environmentalists, making for some unlikely allies unified in protecting the Louisiana basin. Energy Transfer Partners which a Reuters review found is among the worst offenders when it comes to pipeline spills, says it's scheduled to begin crude oil delivery through the expanded Louisiana pipeline later this year.