Public Hearing on Fracking Issue, Nov. 12

MANDEVILLE, LA (AP) — A public hearing on Helis Oil & Gas Co.'s request for a permit to drill a well near Mandeville will be held November 12, at Lakeshore High School in Mandeville.

Robert Rhoden with The Times-Picayune reports the state Department of Natural Resources said the Office of Conservation, which regulates oil and gas drilling, will conduct the hearing.

Helis wants to drill a well on an undeveloped tract of land north of Interstate 12 and use the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, method, to extract oil. It's also seeking a wetlands permit from the Corps of Engineers and a water quality certification from the state Department of Environmental Quality.

Those opposed to the proposed project cite environmental concerns. The Parish Council has filed a lawsuit seeking to block DNR from authorizing the project.

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