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Fracking opponents claim victory after judge vacates Helis Oil permit

Site where fracking project is planned. (File Photo) Site where fracking project is planned. (File Photo)
MANDEVILLE, LA (WVUE) -

North shore fracking opponents are once again claiming victory after a Baton Rouge judge on Monday vacated Helis Oil's permit to drill northeast of Mandeville.

Judge Timothy Kelley said the state Department of Natural Resources failed to properly document the work that it did in approving Helis's permit.

“The precedence is does DNR have a right to make all these decisions without considering environmental and people issues, and things like that, and this sets that precedence, which is really important,” said Abita Springs Mayor Greg Lemons.

“It's essentially a delay within a delay,” said Helis spokesman Greg Beuerman. “We are under a cease-and-desist order, and it wasn't going to move forward until that order is lifted.”

Beuerman said there's another court hearing set on the cease-and-desist order.

As for today's order, Beuerman said DNR may re-issue a permit whenever it likes with the information requested by Kelley.

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