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STOP THE FRACKING

HELP PROTECT THE MAGIC OF ABITA.
SAVE OUR AQUIFER FROM FRACKING.

The History

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The history of the town of Abita Springs starts deep below the earth’s surface, in an aquifer with legendary healing powers, protected by solid rock.  That protection is being actively threatened by groups hoping to punch a hole right through the heart of Abita.

Abita Springs was first inhabited by Choctaw Indians. The word “Abita” evolved from the Choctaw word for “Fountain”.

Generations of people identify the water, the land and Abita as one and the same.  Help us SAVE ABITA before it is too late.

The Problem

A New Orleans energy company wants to drill a 13,000-foot well in search of oil and gas on a tract of land outside of Abita Springs, LA.   Unfortunately, the town of Abita, and her water supply, happen to be above the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Ridge. What’s that?  Oh, it’s an ancient sedimentary rock formation containing an estimated 7 Billion barrels worth of fossil fuel. The down side is, to get to it, energy companies use a fairly nasty process called hydraulic fracturing , or “fracking,” to extract oil and gas.

The oil company would like to drill directly through the Southern Hills Aquifer system that supplies St. Tammany and many other parishes with their only source of drinking water.  A toxic solution of water, chemicals and sand would be pumped into the well, and the tremendous pressure would create cracks, or fractures, in the shale. When the solution is pulled out of the well, the sand would remain in the cracks and keep them open, allowing oil and gas to flow into the well for extraction.

The process calls for the well to be encased in concrete and several layers of hardened steel pipe to ensure that it remains sealed.  But if something goes wrong, as it did with the Horizon Deepwater well,  the Southern Hills Aquifer system, which extends from St. Tammany to beyond Baton Rouge and well into Mississippi and supplies water to many parishes and counties, could be contaminated.  Back topside, there will be a lot of nasty chemicals from fracking waste water that could contaminate the land, air and water.

Is it worth the risk?” If it fails for any reason, where is the oil, methane and waste water contaminated by toxic heavy metals and radiation going to go? What happens when casings fail?

 

Researchers representing the Environmental Protection Agency are conducting a three-year case study of the effects on drinking water from hydraulic fracturing in Texas, Colorado, North Dakota and Pennsylvania.  That report is due out in December, 2014.  Can we hold out that long to get the facts?  Only time will tell.abitaseal6

 

 

How You Can Help

Act now!

Don’t wonder what you could have done after it’s too late. Do what you can now.

Contact your parish council representative now about your concerns.

Remind People what happens when a casing fails:

The News

Abita Springs Town Council – What’s Your Position?

Since the onset of the threat to the Town of Abita Springs, we’ve been under the assumption that our elected officials have set aside small-town politics and united behind our Mayor to SAVE ABITA.  However, early in March, there were grumblings about backroom efforts to undermine Mayor Lemons’ aggressive stance against Fracking in St. Tammany […]

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Don Shea Fired

Don Shea Fired

Sacrificial Lamb or Sign of Progress? As reported on Nola.com, economic development director Don Shea has been fired. The article reports that he was given two options: resign effective in two weeks or be terminated immediately. Shea said he chose the latter.   He was given two options: resign effective in two weeks or be […]

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Fracking Financing = Ponzi Scheme?

Fracking Financing = Ponzi Scheme?

Mike Stagg, a film maker and community activist, gives a great recap and an update on Helis Oil & Gas’ scheme to frack in St. Tammany Parish.  Of particular interest, Mike discusses how falling oil prices exposes an ugly financial secret about fracking. He says, “fracking is like a Ponzi scheme in that companies must […]

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2014 – Fracking Attacks Abita

2014 – Fracking Attacks Abita

In 2014 we learned a lot of new and disturbing things about fracking and St. Tammany Parish’s Leadership. In spite of a compendium of hundreds of health studies confirming our fears that fracking makes people sick, and oil prices dropping like a rock, the push to Frack through our water supply grinds on. We’ve seen […]

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Time to Take a Stand

Time to Take a Stand

A small group of St. Tammany Parish residents opposed to hydraulic fracturing gathered in a Lacombe gym Tuesday night for a meeting that was part strategy session and part celebration of a Baton Rouge judge’s ruling Monday keeping alive a lawsuit that seeks to block Helis Oil & Gas Co. from drilling a fracking well […]

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Poisoned by Fracking – Confirmation Letters

Poisoned by Fracking – Confirmation Letters

On the fence about fracking? Read a few of these letters to homeowners from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Since the release of this type of information, Fracking Operators have had land owners unkowingly sign away their rights to have their water tested, like this land owner did. But one of our favorite letters […]

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