Company must re-do application process for Northshore fracking permit
Chris Miller Reporting
Government regulators have dealt a setback to plans to drill a fracking well in St. Tammany Parish near Abita Springs. Helis Oil and Gas has to re-start the application process for a permit.
The company needs to revise its permit for an exploratory well. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the Louisiana Geological Survey says Helis must first show the site near Abita Springs will produce petroleum. A corps official says that means drilling and gathering samples for further study.
The proposed fracking project is controversial among many Northshore residents, who worry how the fracking process -- drilling into the earth and breaking apart rock layers by injecting hydraulic fluid -- could affect the environment.