Fighting Fracking: Unexplored Territory in State and Parish Policy

Note by Madeline Roe Flores

This Note discusses and analyzes the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal's decision in St. Tammany Par. Gov’t v. Welsh, 2015-1152 (La. App. 1 Cir. 3/9/16); 199 So. 3d 3, writ denied, 2016-0657 (La. 6/17/16); 194 So. 3d 1108, and writ denied, 2016-0650 (La. 6/17/16); 194 So. 3d 1109. The First Circuit held that state law preempted St. Tammany Parish zoning ordinances to the extent they impacted the State's regulation of oil and gas activity.