Mandeville City Council Abstains from Deciding on Anti-Fracking Resolution

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Mandeville City Council Abstains from Deciding on Anti-Fracking ResolutionA Louisiana city has temporarily abstained from deciding on a resolution that seeks to ban fracking over concerns that the opinion is one-sided.

Attempts by several members of the audience to accept the resolution proposed by Councilman David Ellis failed to convince the council to change its stance on Thursday night. The council said it needs more time to review and make an informed decision with regard to the controversial oil and natural gas extraction technique, reported the Times-Picayune.

The undisputed vote to postpone followed 90 minutes of discussion that was started by Rick Franzo, the president of Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany, who said the resolution would help shield the parish from possible dangers of fracking. He was later joined by other anti-fracking activists who expressed concern that hydraulic fracturing may ruin the parish’s environment.

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Councilman Rick Danielson however argued that the resolution wasn’t credible since it was one-sided. He said that he had received the opinion of fracking opponents, though he didn’t from its supporters, whom he claimed really exist.

“I’m getting one side of the story,” Danielson said. “I would like to hear from somebody who could give me the other side of the story.”

An application by New Orleans-based energy firm Helis Oil & Gas LLC to drill and use fracking on a well located north of Interstate 12 has generated a lot of controversy in Mandeville. Mandeville Mayor Donald Villere voiced his opposition to the practice in May.

So far, mayors of Abita Springs and Covington, as well as the St Tammany Parish Council, the Slidell City Council and the Abita Springs Board of Alderman have voiced opposition against the drilling proposal. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

To contact the reporter of this story; Jonathan Millet at john@forexminute.com