In the end, the Mandeville City Council deferred action on a proposed resolution to ban fracking. Council members said they needed more time and more information about the practice before making a decision.
About a half-dozen Mandeville residents spoke during the meeting to make the case against fracking. But no one from Helis Oil and Gas was there.
Helis is a New Orleans company. They’re seeking permits to drill a well just north of Interstate 12 and use the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, method to extract oil and gas.
Dozens of Mandeville residents turned out for a public hearing earlier this week to vent about a plan to create a historic district.
The Times-Picayune reports most expressed fears the district would lead to over-regulation of private property.
Members of the city's Planning and Zoning Commission assured residents the ordinance to create the district can be modified based on public input. Still, some said it represents increased government intervention in their lives.
There are 151,347 trees, more or less, within Mandeville's city limits, and only about 7 percent of them are live oaks.
Those are among the findings of a study done for the city by two graduate students and their professors at the Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center.
Maggie Trenary, an inspector in the city planning department, tells The Times-Picayune (http://bit.ly/NrgLj5) that the low number of live oaks was a surprise. She says the city will have to plant more.