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St. Tammany group says court ruling is a victory for fracking opponents

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ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

St. Tammany Parish officials analyze a ruling out of Baton Rouge Monday morning, which some say may impact oil drilling on the North Shore.

The group Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany says a ruling in the 19th judicial district court is a victory for fracking opponents.

While they say the order means drilling has to stop, a spokesman for Helis Oil, the company currently drilling north of Mandeville, says that's not the case.

Helis says Monday’s ruling is procedural and simply allows the parish's legal challenge based on zoning laws to continue.

The Helis spokesman says the project continues to move forward as planned.

However, the parish released this statement Monday afternoon.

"As pursuant to Judge William Morvant’s order earlier today in the Louisiana 19th Judicial District Court in Baton Rouge, St. Tammany Parish has issued a Cease and Desist at the drilling site off of LA Hwy 434. Because the activities being conducted on the property are not consistent with the Parish’s zoning designation for that site, and the subsequent Parish Ordinances, a Code Enforcement case was opened today and a Cease and Desist placard was posted at the entrance to the drilling pad."

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