Four of the five permits to be considered at public hearing have been withdrawn

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In a victory for the environment four out of the five applications to withdraw huge amounts of water from our scenic rivers have been withdrawn. This represents a significant victory for Sierra Club Delta Chapter. We have been in the forefront of the battle to protect our Louisiana Scenic Rivers by keeping the oil and gas companies from using huge quantities of scenic rivers water for fracking in the Florida parishes.

Sierra Club had filed comments on all the applications for withdrawal of water from scenic rivers pointing to numerous areas in which insufficient or contradictory information has been provided. And we demanded that public hearings be held regarding the permit applications. A public hearing had been set for Oct 29, 2014 for five recent applications to withdraw water. That public hearing is in now in doubt because four out of the five applications to be considered at that hearing have now been withdrawn. We have sent a request for clarification to LDWF and will update you here. 

Recently withdrawn permits include #s 902, 903 and 911 on the Tickfaw River in St. Helena Parish, and #904 on the Amite River in East Feliciana Parish. The withdrawal of these permit applications means that we have saved a total of 75 million gallons of scenic river water from being turned into toxic waste. 

Earlier headline:

LDWF announces Public Hearing on five applications to withdraw water from Scenic Rivers for fracking

PUBLIC HEARING
 
The Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, as administrator of Louisiana’s Scenic Rivers System, is currently considering Scenic River Permit Application numbers 902, 903, 904, 906, and 911 for water withdrawals from the Amite and Tickfaw Rivers associated with well fracturing.  In response to a sufficient number of requests for public hearings on these applications received by the Department, and since these withdrawals are similar in nature and close together (within 12 miles of one another), the Department has decided to hold one hearing for all five applications.  The hearing is being held to gather comments and information from all interested parties.
 
The hearing will be held on October 29, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at:
 
St. Helena Parish Police Jury
17911 Highway 43 N
(Approximately 0.75 miles north of LA Hwy 10 along west shoulder of Hwy 43) 
Greensburg, LA 70441
 
The public is invited to attend and provide comments to the Department.  Written comments may be submitted now and will be accepted for a period of 15 days after the hearing.  Written comments should be submitted to:
 
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Scenic Rivers Program
P.O. Box 98000
Baton Rouge, LA 70898

Kyle Balkam
Scenic Rivers Program
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Phone: (225) 765-2819

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