The opposition to the proposal of Helis Oil and Gas Company, L.L.C. (“Helis”) to drill a well and implement hydraulic fracturing in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana has intensified, following the announcement by Helis that it obtained leases or options to lease approximately 60,000 acres. Helis has applied for one permit to drill a well so far.
Greg Lemons, Mayor of Abita Springs, Louisiana, announced that a public meeting on the issue will be held on May 1, 2014, at the Abita Springs Town Hall. A letter sent by Helis to St. Tammany Parish and school system officials states that Helis intends to use water from the surface and outside commercial sources for drilling the initial well. Helis stated that it intends to take measures to ensure that the drilling has no impact on a nearby high school or the aquifer, which is the source of the parish’s drinking water. A hearing on Helis’s proposal is scheduled for May 13, 2014, in Baton Rouge, LA.
For updates or further information, contact Toni J. Ellington, Esq. at (504) 599-8500.