- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - St. Tammany Parish has told Helis Oil & Gas to stop work on an exploratory well for a proposed fracking project near Mandeville while it appeals a state judge’s ruling in the company’s favor.

District Judge William Morvant had ruled earlier that the parish could not use its zoning ordinances to keep Helis from drilling, since it has a state permit. The New Orleans Advocate (https://bit.ly/1IbqYY7 ) reports that on Monday, Morvant suspended that ruling while the parish appeals.

Helis says it will obey the parish’s order, but will also work for enforcement of state law. It says state law forbids the parish’s action.

Many parish residents and some public officials say the drilling could pollute the air, the ground, and the aquifer that supplies St. Tammany with drinking water.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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