Parish Councilman Jacob Groby organized an informal meeting to gather information about hydraulic fracturing (also coined “fracking”) on Monday May 12th at the Castine Center. The meeting was arranged due to concerns from citizens about the proposed drill on HWY 1088 in Mandeville by Helis Oil & Gas Co. While Helis declined the invitation to speak, Ms. Wilma Subra of the Subra Foundation gave an excellent presentation on the concerns of fracking. Hydraulic fracturing is a method of extracting natural gas from beneath the aquifer using water, sand and chemicals pumped at high pressure to ‘fracture’ the shale that encases these gases.
Congressman Steve Scalise will host a Town Hall Meeting at the Covington Trailhead at 419 N. New Hampshire Street on Thursday, May 15th from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. to be broadcast live on 99.5 WRNO. This is a very important meeting for our community, and the public is encouraged to attend. There is no compromise with regard to the health and safety of our citizens, or the preservation of our city and surrounding natural areas.