St. Tammany Parish is gearing up for a weekend of anti-fracking activities. Events are planned for Friday evening and Saturday afternoon which will gather people together in support of banning hydraulic fracturing in the parish.
From 8 p.m. to 11 p.m on Friday, January 9th, interested individuals can gather for “An Evening with Allies” at the Pontchartrain Yacht Club in Mandeville. There will be music, featuring “Louisiana’s Rockin’ Fiddler” Waylon Thibodeaux, as well as food and a cash bar. The guests of honor will be Dr. Adam and Amber Briggle, two Denton natives who were at the forefront of the city’s successful fracking ban in 2014. There will also be a silent auction, and a minimum donation of $15 will gain each guest entry. Any additional donations will go toward the St. Tammany Community Fracking Education Campaign.
The Fracking Education Campaign was created by the Tammany Together Education Fund. Tammany Together educates St. Tammany residents on important public issues and supports nonpartisan cooperation in the community.
Saturday, January 10th, Adam and Amber Briggle will be leading an interactive symposium and workshop called “Victory in Denton—Can it happen here?” from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Covington City Council Chambers. Registration for the event is $5.00 at the door. Space is limited to 35 seats, so be sure to register as soon as possible if you’re interested.
Local film maker and community activist Mike Stagg told WTUL News about the event: “People of St. Tammany are taking this [issue] very seriously. They’re not rolling over, and the fight’s on.” Stagg did point out that low oil prices will likely prevent Helis Oil & Gas from pushing its operations in the parish forward, despite the recent approval by the Department of Natural Resources, which leaves just one more legal hurdle for the company.
Details regarding both events can be found at the Frackin’ Absurd webpage. The online collective is supported by Tammany Together, Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany, the League of Women Voters, Voices of St. Tammany© Against Fracking, among others. The website strongly encourages visitors to use their own research and the information it provides to come to their own conclusions about fracking.