Fracking operation must rework application

COVINGTON, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Geological Survey has rendered invalid Helis Oil & Gas Co.'s application for an Army Corps of Engineers' wetlands permit for its proposed oil drilling and fracking project near Mandeville. The move means Helis must submit a revised application for which the public comment period would begin anew.

Corps spokesman Rene Poche (POH'-shay) tells Times-Picayune ( Helis will have to show the Geological Survey that the drill site will be productive for oil development. He says the agency reviewed the permit application to determine the geological suitability for the proposed drilling.

Poche says the new application must be submitted to the corps and to the state Department of Environmental Quality, from which Helis would need a water quality certification.

Information from: The Times-Picayune,

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