Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, L.P., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cheniere Energy, Inc., announced today the successful completion of a $1 million environmental stewardship project to enhance the American oyster fishery in Calcasieu Lake.
As part of this project, Cheniere created 16 acres of new oyster reefs and fishing habitat (artificial reefs) in the Cameron Parish water body. These newly created artificial reefs have been donated to the state for public recreational and commercial oyster harvest and fishing opportunities.
Cheniere worked with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to identify and participate in environmental stewardship opportunities to improve the marine habitat conditions within Calcasieu Lake following Hurricane Rita and to prepare for Cheniere's upcoming pipeline projects. Cheniere elected to donate $1 million to the stewardship project for reef development in support of the lake's fishing community, additional to required mitigation the company will perform as the result of pipeline construction impacts.
The American oyster plays an important role in Calcasieu Lake as a vital component of the health of the lake. The oyster provides benefits to the lake such as water filtering, habitat and food for other fish such as trout, red fish and crabs, creating recreational and commercial fishing opportunities. According to the state of Louisiana, oyster harvesting in the Calcasieu Basin produced 286,323 pounds of oysters in 2005.
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Bryant Hammett, secretary of the Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, receives plaque from Keith Teague (right), president of Cheniere Creole Trail Pipeline, signifying Cheniere Energy's donation of oyster reef habitat to the state.
For more information, contact James Ducote, Cheniere Energy, ph. 337-569-2311, Brandy Obvintsev, Cheniere Energy, ph. 713-265-0224 or Michael Harbison, LDWF, ph. 337-491-2579.