Permit denied to use Amite River water for fracking
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana officials have denied a permit that would have allowed an oil company to use water from a scenic river to perform hydraulic fracturing, or fracking for a well in East Feliciana Parish.
However, it was a limited, technical victory for the environmentalists who opposed the permit. The company involved, Texas-based Comstock Resources Inc., was allowed to use water from nearby ponds for its well, instead.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which administers the Scenic Rivers Program, had previously approved five permits allowing companies to withdraw water from protected bayous and rivers across the state for use in fracking.