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New fracking regulations to impact Louisiana

New fracking regulations to impact Louisiana

Helis Oil wants to begin fracking operations north of Interstate 12. (Source: WVUE Photo) Helis Oil wants to begin fracking operations north of Interstate 12. (Source: WVUE Photo)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Energy companies fracking in Louisiana will face new rules in 90 days. The White House announced new regulations Friday intended to protect groundwater near fracking sites.

Drillers will need to ensure that wells and cement barriers are structurally sound. They will also have to publicly disclose chemicals used in their injecting water.

According to our partners at Nola.com-The Times Picayune, Helis Oil's plan to frack north of Interstate 12 has received a water quality certification from the state. Many people who oppose the fracking plan cite environmental concerns, including the impact fracking would have on groundwater.

The Department of Environmental Quality ruled the project will not violate state water quality standards.

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