Pipelines in the United States are quickly becoming normalized as ‘critical public infrastructure.’ The government protections of infrastructure deemed critical to the public good have categorically expanded since the establishment of the U.S. Patriot Act of 2001 [1,3], resulting in greater limits upon a citizen’s right to freely speak and demonstrate in ways that would disrupt pipeline construction projects . A key example of this normalization process is the Bayou Bridge Pipeline (also referred to as ‘the governor’s pipeline’), which was declared ‘critical infrastructure’ by the State Legislature in April 2018 through Louisiana law HB727. This law increased the fines and jail time for offenses relative to critical infrastructure, including pipelines. Unauthorized entry into areas of critical infrastructure, a mobilization practice of a number of environmental justice groups, now may hold a sentence of up to 5 years along with a fine of up to $1,000; actual damage to pipelines multiplies these terms by ten. In March 2018, it was uncovered through leaked memos that the Governor’s office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has established a process of monitoring of activities stemming from anti-pipeline activism . Contrariwise, efforts on behalf of government officials have often ignored environmental concerns regarding the pipeline. Col. Michael Clancy, District Commander of New Orleans’s Army Corps of Engineers granted permits to the ETP without submitting the environmental impact statement normally required by the National Environmental Policy Act for projects that may cause environmental harm. This after the state institution received over 24,000 public comments expressing opposition to the project. Numerous faults on behalf of the state officials mark this case: ignorance with regards to the rights of freedom of speech by activists, disregard to both the public and environmental permitting laws, an adoption of pipeline industry language in official documents, as well as unequivocal cooperation between private security firms hired by the industry and state police officers in the control of activists. These offenses on the public have resulted in a growing mobilization from citizens, environmental justice NGOs, human rights groups, churches, and other members of civil society.