Louisiana and fracking
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Environmental and health effects
A confidential industry study from 1990, conducted for the American Petroleum Institute, concluded that “using conservative assumptions,” radium in drilling wastewater dumped off the Louisiana coast posed “potentially significant risks” of cancer for people who eat fish from those waters regularly.
Haynesville Shale, Louisiana
Although the Jurassic Haynesville Shale of northwest Louisiana has produced gas since 1905, it has been the focus of modern shale gas activity only since a gas discovery drilled by Cubic Energy in November 2007. The Cubic Energy discovery was followed by a March 2008 announcement by Chesapeake Energy that it had completed a Haynesville Shale gas well. Haynesville shale wells have also been drilled in northeast Texas, where it is also known as the Bossier Shale.
- Geology.Com: Haynesville Shale: news, map, videos, lease and royalty information
- OilShaleGas.com - Latest News and Drilling Updates on the Haynesville Shale
- Go Haynesville Shale, a forum for petroleum professionals and landowners to discuss the Haynesville shale.
Legislative issues and regulations
In June 2010 the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Office of Conservation released rules that were meant to conserve freshwater aquifer resources and minimize waste. The rules allow for the limited use of exploration and production waste in hydraulic fracturing operations conducted on the Haynesville Shale formation. The Louisiana Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR), Office of Conservation in June 2010.
- ↑ Ian Urbina, "Regulation Lax as Gas Wells’ Tainted Water Hits Rivers," NY Times, February 26, 2011.
- ↑ Louise S. Durham, "Louisiana play a 'company maker'," AAPG Explorer, July 2008, p.18-36.
- ↑ "Louisiana rules help conserve freshwater and minimize waste; conducts regulatory review (2010)" Groundwork, Interstate Oil & Gas, accessed April 20, 2012.
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