Helis Oil & Gas, a New Orleans-based energy company with a record of more than 80 years of safe and efficient operations around the United States, has obtained leases and options to lease to explore for oil and gas on privately owned land in a remote and rural area of St. Tammany Parish. Helis has safely and successfully executed approximately 60 similar fracturing projects around the US, and currently operates approximately 100 other wells in Louisiana. Our environmental, health and safety record is a point of pride.
The location, approximately 2.5 miles from the nearest homeowners or commercial development, lies in a heavily wooded area of commercial timbering off private Log Cabin Road and state highway 1088. Most of this land is currently under a 99 year timber lease, and is not available for commercial and residential developers. Lakeshore High School is approximately 1.25 miles from the well site, well beyond sight or sounds of the project.
Permits for this project will be granted by a variety of different federal and state agencies including the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and will be regulated by those agencies and by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
More than 15 other exploratory wells have been drilled within a 15 mile radius of this proposed well site over the past several decades, and oil and gas fracturing (fracking) operations below the same aquifer, just across the parish line in Tangipahoa Parish, have been executed without incident and to the economic benefit of that parish and the state of Louisiana. Additional fracking projects in Louisiana have occurred safely in close proximity to city limits such as Shreveport, and through and under aquifers without incident. Additionally, two pipelines already cross this same piece of property.
This type of project is not new to Helis, to the industry or to Louisiana. There are literally thousands of these projects throughout the state, and, according to the Louisiana Commissioner of Conservation and local officials, there are no air, water quality or health problems reported from any of them.