Helis Oil & Gas Company, LLC has recently applied with the Office of Conservation of the State of Louisiana to establish rules and regulations and to create a single drilling and production unit for the exploration for and production of oil and gas from the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale, Reservoir A in the Lacombe Bayou Field, close to the Intersection of Highway 1088 and I -12 (see copy attached). I have also attached other information on this project and am posting information at www.timburns.com. An initial hearing will be held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at the Office of Conservation in Baton Rouge to create their single drilling and production unit, which would be the first step for an actual drilling permit.
Although we have requested that the company hearing be continued until the citizens and public officials can gather more information, we have not received a definite response so the timing of this matter is very pressing.
I want St. Tammany residents to be as informed as possible about all of the ramifications of this project, including risks and rewards of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (also known as Fracking). Also, the approximate 13,000 foot depth of the drilling will be through a major aquifer which provides water to most of the parish residents.
I have been in touch with both the Office of Conservation and the Louisiana Independent Oil and Gas Association, which represents the drillers and both have offered to give public presentations. I have also requested an extension from the company and will let you know when I receive a reply. This issue is developing rapidly and I will be sharing information as I will receive it.
This is obviously a very vital issue for our community and I want to hear from residents.
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Tim Burns, State Representative