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On St. Tammany Parish & Others’ Struggle to Protect the Aquifer:
By Susan Buchanan
A ten-parish area from greater Baton Rouge to St. Tammany Parish gets its drinking water from the Southern Hills Aquifer system — a number of interdependent units that start to the north in Mississippi. Over half a century of efforts to protect the aquifer from industry have yielded results but more needs to be done. Fracking in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play in Southeast Louisiana is one threat. New Orleans-based Helis Oil & Gas wants to drill down through the aquifer near Mandeville, La. this summer. A bigger menace, however, is salt’s entry into the system as water demand swells in Baton Rouge. . . .
New Orleans Times-Picayune – Fracking foes prompt release of information and extension of comment period on St. Tammany drilling proposal [extra articles in the sidebar]
In what amounts to a victory for anti-fracking forces in St. Tammany Parish, government agencies have agreed to make public a permit application from a company that wants to drill an oil well near Mandeville . . . .
From St. Tammany Parish –
Concern Citizens of St. Tammany parish won an injunction. A local citizens’ group filed an injunction stating that the Corps and DEQ didn’t provide complete permit applications and the Corps and DEQ will be restarting the comment period.