BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Helis Oil & Gas Co., which received a permit from the state last week to drill a vertical well as a first step toward fracking in St. Tammany Parish, is now working to get a wetlands permit.

Earlier this month, the Army Corps of Engineers, which would grant the wetlands permit, sent two letters to the company asking it to address concerns about the project.

The Corps wants Helis to respond to several concerns about the controversial project that were brought up in public comments on the wetlands permit application. They also want to know whether Helis has adequate contingency plans for flooding in the area.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/1xUayUv ) opponents of fracking are hopeful that acquiring the wetlands permit will prove an insurmountable obstacle to the project.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com