Site of proposed fracking operation in St. Tammany Parish. (Photo: NOLA.com)
Site of proposed fracking operation in St. Tammany Parish. (Photo: NOLA.com)

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Hydraulic fracturing involves the heavy use of clean water, mixed with chemicals and sand, pumped deep into the earth at high pressure in order to break apart the rock below and release natural gas and oil deposits.

  • Fracking in the Gulf: From 2010 – 2014, the Obama Administration approved over 1,500 permit applications for hydraulic fracturing in the Gulf.
  • Haynesville Shale: More than 2,200 fracking wells have been drilled into Louisiana’s Haynesville Shale alone.
  • St. Tammany: Citizens in St. Tammany Parish worked together on local zoning and voted to ban fracking in 2014, but a Louisiana judge overturned the ban in April 2015. The Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany appealed to the state Supreme Court, but in June 2016 the court decided not to hear its case. However, in September 2016 Helis abandoned its controversial plan to start a new fracking operation near Mandeville in St. Tammany, citing economic factors.

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On November 13, 2015, over 600 people filled the Lakeshore High School gym for a public hearing on a drilling permit for the first hydraulic fracturing site in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. (Photo: Julie Dermansky/ Desmog)
On November 13, 2015, over 600 people filled the Lakeshore High School gym for a public hearing on a drilling permit for the first hydraulic fracturing site in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. (Photo: Julie Dermansky/ Desmog)
Fracking well sites in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. (Graphic by NOLA.com)
Fracking well sites in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana. (Graphic by NOLA.com)