May 16, 2012 10:26 AM by AP
AMITE, La. (AP) - The Tangipahoa Parish Council has declined to adopt a proposed ordinance that would have regulated and required a permit for companies to drill for oil and gas in the parish.
The Advocate reports the proposal was spurred by an increase in drilling activity and expected activity in the portion of the Tuscaloosa Trend.
At a public hearing prior to the council meeting Monday, Lauren Estopinal, an attorney representing the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association, asked the council to delay making a decision on the ordinance.
Estopinal contended that the state has regulatory control over oil and gas drilling and the Tangipahoa Parish proposal was duplicative and in many cases unnecessary.