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Louisiana and Fracking

More than 2,200 fracking wells have been drilled in Louisiana’s 11,000-feet-deep Haynesville Shale, posing significant contamination risk to surrounding populations. Oil and gas companies are drawn to the state for the generous tax breaks doled out to horizontal drilling operations.

On October 20, 2011, the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources adopted new rules for the oil and gas industry that require an operator to obtain a work permit before engaging in hydraulic fracturing.

The new rules also require operators to publicly disclose the content of the fluids they use in the fracking process—although it allows for exemptions of chemicals deemed “trade secrets,” a controversial clause that allows companies to keep toxic fracking chemicals secret.

The Fracked Fact Quiz

After a well blowout forced the evacuation of Caddo Parish residents, they were told …
everything was cleaned up.
not to use their water.
In April 2010, hundreds of Caddo Parish residents were evacuated from their homes after a natural gas well blowout contaminated a drinking water aquifer. It was never made clear what contaminants were in the water, but residents were told not to drink it or even wash their clothes in it.

Did You Know?

In April 2015, a Louisiana state judge ruled that St. Tammany Parish, a town located on the northern shore of Lake Pontchartrain, cannot use its zoning regulations to block a proposed oil drilling and fracking project within parish borders. The town voted to ban fracking in 2014. It has appealed the decision, posting a "cease and desist" notice at the fracking site in July 2015.

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The Fraccidents Map:

High profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's oil and gas drilling boom have occurred in and around Louisiana. Click on each Fraccident icon. fraccident to learn more:

What Else You Can Do

Support A Strong Rule Controlling Methane Pollution

For too long, the oil and gas industry has been allowed to leak millions of tons of methane and other toxic chemicals into the air—despite the availability of proven, low-cost solutions. The EPA has finally proposed the first-ever protections to curb methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.

Earthjustice has been fighting for decades to clean up the oil and gas industry. In 2012, our litigation led the EPA to create and enforce some air pollution limits on the industry. This is the next step in the fight. EPA is taking your comments until Dec. 4

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