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SB129 was heard in committee this morning. Ironically there were two people that testified in opposition to this bill. Capt. Daryl Carpenter on behalf the Sportsmans interest and Conoco Phillips' lobbyist / attorney. It is funny that the same group that wants to keep their water private have an issue with having to pay their neighboring waterway owners for accessing their well sites. At any rate, there were a couple of the Senators that showed a real interest in what was happening and I have to say that it looked like we almost defeated this bill. After a long hearing it eventually passed out of committee and will be going to the floor. Sen. Brett Allain agreed to work further with us to work out our concerns with this particular bill.
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All of you duck hunters / fishermen, you Breton Sound / Delacroix folks, there has never been a financial incentive for these water owners to keep you from transversing their water to get to your leases or to get to the State owned water outside of their marsh. If this bill continues on its current track there will now be a financial incentive for these folks to put up Toll waterways.
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If you don't get involved, don't bitch when it happens. There is a meeting of the Louisiana sportsmans coalition This wed. 4 / 26 in the BASS pro shops meeting room in denham springs @ 6:30 pm on this matter and on public waters intrest.
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******* . The biggest thing that I noticed was that these lawmakers actually fell for and believe that being run off from our coastal marsh is a rarity that only occasionally happens. We need to figure out a digital way for each individual to report to these guys when they get run off of navigable water. Any computer savy folks have an app for that?
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Re: It's coming your way
Same story another verse! Because water intersects a public waterway and runs through a piece of property does not mean it is either navigable or 'public'. There is a definition of what a navigable waterway is, used for commerce, and it was navigable in 1812. Much of the coast was dry land when LA became a State but now has water over and/or running through it. It is still private property and the owner has full rights to run you off and have you charged with trespassing. Fought this for years fishing around Leeville before Gov. Blanco had the State Land Office set up a web site to identify what is 'public' land and accessible by the public.

Fortunately, the State does have legal requirements that the owner of a land-locked piece of property (enclosed estate) has to be given access through adjacent private property. HOWEVER, the private land owner is due compensation for the access easement they grant. BEEN THERE, DONE THAT! Have paid for an easement to property I bought and have granted an easement on my current property to my neighbor, who is an Attorney.
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