Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Here Come Local Ordinances Concerning Drilling

The Shreveport Times reported yesterday that local officials in Shreveport and Bossier City, as well as Caddo and Bossier Parishes have been working on a comprehensive set of ordinances to give local governments leverage in controlling drilling in the Haynesville Play. Most of that oversight now lies with the state. The local governments are learning from Ft. Worth's experience with the Barnett Shale and applying these lessons to the Haynesville Shale.

The regulations will generally address protecting water, limiting road damage and controlling noise, lighting and hours of operation at drilling sites.

All told, the frenzy of big bonus checks and potential wealth from future royalties may have clouded some citizens' understanding of the impacts to the surface area, especially in the more urbanized areas. While I would hate to see drilling in the Haynesville Play slowed by this process, it is better to address these issues now before drilling really heats up.

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