COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - The St. Tammany Parish Government will allow Helis Oil to continue working at their drilling site, despite a cease and desist order issued Monday.
The work will allow Helis to finish two projects on their work site as part of its demobilization and compliance with the cease and desist. The projects involve air and groundwater monitoring. The company must notify the parish when the work is complete. It is expected to take two weeks.
Trucks began pulling away from the drilling site on the North Shore Monday.
Helis was doing test drilling for a planned fracking site, but residents have been fighting against the plan.
The order followed a Baton Rouge judge's decision to grant a "suspensive appeal." The move reinstates parish zoning laws which had previously designated the drilling site as residential.
Helis officials issued a statement saying the stop work order is in violation of state law, but said they would obey it.
Fracking opponents say they are prepared to carry their fight to federal court, if needed, depending on Helis's appeal.