Congressman Cohen Requests Answers on Byhalia Connection Pipeline from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters

January 8, 2021
Press Release
Local meetings with Corps officials leave unanswered questions

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today wrote to leaders of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters in Washington to express his concern that the proposed Byhalia Connection pipeline project plan may be granted a nationwide permit without taking into consideration its proximity to the Davis Wellfield and the potential impact it could have on the environment and our city’s precious drinking water. Despite productive meetings with local Corps officials, Congressman Cohen told the Deputy Commanding General of the Corps’ Civil and Emergency Operations Division and the Chief of its Operations and Regulatory Division that he and his constituents need more information. 

The letter reads in part: 

“Several of my constituents are rightly apprehensive about this proposed pipeline and have had little opportunity to submit their comments and concerns. They do not wish to see their invaluable resource, the Memphis Sand aquifer, to be susceptible to a disastrous oil spill. They do not want to see their communities taken advantage of by an oil company interested in its bottom line. As my father’s chemistry teacher told him once, ‘Water internal, water external, water eternal.’ We must value our city’s drinking water and protect it at all costs. We must protect our communities.

“I strongly urge you to not fast-track approval for this proposed pipeline and use due diligence in making your decision. The impacted citizens of this proposed pipeline deserve nothing less.” 

See the entire letter here