With public outcry growing louder against the proposed fracking project, the St. Tammany Parish Council appears to have begun taking action. As reported by on WVUE Fox8 news’ website, lawyers will question the constitutionality of the state process to allow fracking. They will fight on behalf of local zoning laws and provide oil and gas expertise.
Council members say they have a new reason to be suspicious of the state’s drilling oversight process. An audit has found that the Office of Conservation and Department of Natural Resources is not always effectively regulating oil and gas operators making sure they comply with regulations. The audit also finds that they’re not always managing abandoned wells.