Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Louisiana Sets Urban Drilling Rules

Last week, the Louisiana Office of Conservation issued rules concerning drilling and production for the Haynesville Zone of North Louisiana (Article; Rules). The rules include well setbacks from buildings; drilling operation concerns such as fencing, dust, noise and work hours; water use; and upkeep of drill sites.

The rules don't go as far as those proposed by local entities, which looked at rules created in the Fort Worth area as a guide. The goal of the Louisiana rules was to balance drillers' desire to efficiently access resources and the best interests of the local residents.

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