Helis Moves Forward on St. Tammany Project

Last week, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources issued a permit to Helis Oil & Gas to move forward on much-debated plans for a fracked well in the St. Tammany Parish. For the next step, Helis must receive a wetlands drilling permit for the area from the Army Corps of Engineers, who have already sent letters… More »

St. Tammany Votes to Boost Legal Funding

Worries of inadequate legal representation in the fight against fracking led the St. Tammany Parish Council to increase funding for legal counsel by $100,000 last week. The council had originally allocated $25,000 for a court hearing scheduled next month to argue for the parish’s right to prohibit fracking through zoning ordinances. Some community members, however,… More »

RESTORE Act Grant Allocations Proposed for Louisiana Parishes

The Treasury Department recently announced that it is seeking comments by Tuesday, Sept. 2 on proposed regulations concerning RESTORE Act amounts available to eligible Louisiana parishes from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund. Based on a formula that accounts for oiled shoreline, parish population, and parish land mass, the proposed rule allocates a distribution percentage… More »

Fed. Agencies Warn of Environmental Impacts of St. Tammany Drilling

Federal and state agencies have expressed concerns about the impact of potential development in St. Tammany Parish that could help justify local efforts to prohibit fracking in the area. From WWLTV, a New Orleans CBS affiliate: “The Environmental Protection Agency, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Army Corps of Engineers expressed concerns about the… More »