Thursday, September 3, 2009

Water and Impacts in DeSoto

DeSoto Parish, along with Caddo and Bossier, is looking at the physical impacts from the Haynesville Shale, ranging from road use to water conservation. The Shreveport Times reported on a Parish Police Jury meeting this week that discussed several areas of concern. 

At the top of the list was water resources.  State DNR Secretary Scott Angelle informed those gathered for the meeting that the state is going to begin requiring producers to report the amount of water used in the drilling and completion process.  That is a positive step towards forcing producers to find sources other than strained aquifers and encouraging practices such as recycling.  Angelle said that the oil and gas industry does not want to put him in a position where he has to choose between water and natural gas, implying that he would favor water.  That sounds great, but in this economy I have trouble believing a state official is going to choose water over gas. Call me a cynic.

Nevertheless, meetings like this are going to help determine how tightly the producers are regulated.  It also might lead to a showdown with the state regulators (i.e. the DNR) over who controls regulation.  I'm guessing Angelle went to DeSoto to make nice, but I'm sure the local authorities are going to hear the voices of their constituents a lot more loudly than that of the DNR Commissioner.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm guessing Angelle went to DeSoto to make nice, but I'm sure the local authorities are going to hear the voices of their constituents a lot more loudly than that of the DNR Commissioner.

I'm sorry but not likely. They usually feed from whatever trough is placed in front of them.

Robert Hutchinson said...

I was trying to be diplomatic...

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Deesooto... Word on the street has it that the well at the airport came in at 16MM. They (the police jury) own the entire section. Do the diplomatic math on that one and tell me how many miles of roadway can be built off of that!!!

Robert Hutchinson said...

Do you have a name or number for the well? Who's drilling it? I'll check it out.

RH

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I don't know the name. It is a petrohawk well. This is another fascinating aspect of the development of this play. These almost obscure governing bodies who are so used to operating on a shoestring suddenly have exponential growth of income. It will be interesting to watch what happens with the money. I think the next round of elections for these positions will have people crawling out of the woodwork to run.

Robert Hutchinson said...

I'll look for it - knowing it's HK helps. You make a great point about the follow-up on how the money is spent. I didn't follow closely the process when local governments were signing leases last year. I suspect that was relatively transparent since contracts become public record, but have you heard anything "interesting" in that regard?

Robert Hutchinson said...

The DNR shows that the two DeSoto Police Jury wells (#26: S35/T13/R14 and #35: S26/T13/R14) are waiting on completion, but there haven't been new reports in the past month. The numbers may not be reported officially for a few weeks.

I'll keep an eye on it.