Three kayaktivists who oppose construction of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline—the tail end of Energy Transfer Partner\u0026#039;s Dakota Access Pipeline—are reportedly the first people to be charged with felonies under a new Louisiana law that, like a model bill crafted by the right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), criminalizes peaceful protests of fossil fuel projects.The collective of activists fighting against the pipeline—who have created the L\u0026#039;eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life) floating resistance camp—said on Twitter Thursday that three kayakers were \u0022abducted\u0022 by the pipeline company\u0026#039;s private security while boating through public waterways, and then arrested.BREAKING. This morning three of our folx in kayaks were abducted by ETP private security and then arrested. They were in public waterways in the Atchafalaya Basin and were breaking no laws. #NoBayouBridge #StopETP pic.twitter.com/4uGlho5B7W— Leau Est La Vie Camp (@NoBayouBridge) August 9, 2018\u0022Our water protectors were breaking no laws as they were using their kayaks in navigable public waters, a protected right in Louisiana. Moreover, corporate private security should have not have the power to abduct and detain people,\u0022 L\u0026#039;eau Est La Vie Camp declared on Facebook.The activist group urged supporters to contact the St. Martin Parish Sheriff\u0026#039;s Department—to \u0022ask why they are letting ETP henchmen snatch our people, and demand that they stop bowing down to ETP\u0026#039;s orders\u0022—and noted that although the kayakers were released by Thursday evening, they are now facing felony charges.According to the St. Martin Parish Sheriff\u0026#039;s Office Facebook page, which posts daily arrest reports, three people were arrested Thursday and charged with \u0022unauthorized entry of a critical infrastructure\u0022 and \u0022resisting an officer.\u0022 One of them was also charged with \u0022interfering with a law enforcement investigation.\u0022Will Parrish, who wrote about Louisiana\u0026#039;s ALEC-inspired House Bill 727 for The Intercept earlier this year, said the trio is the first to face felony charges under the new law, which took effect Aug. 1.These Bayou Bridge Pipeline opponents, arrested while boating in the Atchafalaya Swamp, are the first to be hit with felonies under Louisiana House Bill 727, an ALEC-model bill criminalizing opposition to fossil fuel infrastructure. See previous story: https://t.co/2COKI1HfFN https://t.co/2dD9TSU9pA— Will Parrish (@willparrishca) August 10, 2018As Parrish and Alleen Brown reported in March, after the measure was introduced in the state legislature:The proposed law appears to be designed to intimidate the array of groups working to halt construction of the 163-mile oil pipeline, which cuts through a sensitive wetland where Louisiana crawfish are harvested. The groups—including the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, Bold Louisiana, and the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper—have worked together despite varying goals that range from preserving sensitive habitats and lessening the impact of climate change to defending property rights and protecting the local crawfishing industry.\u0022I think it shows how very deeply this industry has our state government by the throat,\u0022 Cherri Foytlin, a member of the indigenous women\u0026#039;s advisory council for the anti-Bayou Bridge L\u0026#039;eau Est La Vie (Water Is Life) Camp, said of the new legislation. \u0022That they would sacrifice the citizens of South Louisiana, who are trying to protect their water, by criminalizing them over companies like Energy Transfer Partners.\u0022Following the arrests on Thursday, 350.org co-founder Bill McKibben expressed his support for the ongoing protests, tweeting, \u0022this pipeline fight in Louisiana is crucial.\u0022L\u0026#039;eau Est La Vie Camp announced on Facebook that \u0022in the coming days we will be sharing video and testimonies of the incident,\u0022 and issued \u0022an open call for all water protectors, kayaktivists, radical sailors, and water going folk to join us on the frontlines\u0022 in the fight against the Bayou Bridge Pipeline.This post has been updated to clarify the origin of two L\u0026#039;eau Est La Vie Camp comments.