Helis Oil & Gas has proposed drilling a well 13,400 feet deep on land north of Interstate 12 and east of Louisiana 1088. After reaching that depth, the well would be drilled horizontally for an unspecified distance and the hydraulic fracturing method would be used to extract oil and gas.

This has prompted much concern from citizens and some elected officials about pollution of the land, air and water. While our Chamber Board of Directors has not taken a formal position on this issue, we continue to diligently listen and learn.

For more information:

Helis Oil & Gas Energy Project

Hydraulic Fracturing Myths vs. Facts (from U.S. Chamber of Commerce)

Myths and Facts About Fracking (from Elos Environmental)

The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (from Elos Environmental)

The Future of Fracking and Energy Independence (from Taimerica Management Company)

The Dangers of Fracking (a film by Josh Fox)

Is Fracking Safe? The Top 10 Controversial Claims About Natural Gas Drilling (article from Popular Mechanics)

Economic Impact of the Oil & Gas Industry in St. Tammany (a study commissioned by Northshore Business Council)

Oil and gas industry an important part of St. Tammany economy, report says (article from The Advocate)