Fracking to be topic of forum Friday

A community group called WeAdoreTheNorthshore is hosting an informational forum on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at McClains Pizzeria, 115 Girod St., Mandeville.

Speakers will include Gen. Russel Honoré, of the environmental group Green Army; environmental scientist Wilma Subra; climate change activist Jeff Cobb; and Scott Eustis, a coastal wetland specialist with the Gulf Restoration Network. The Sierra Club also will be represented.

The forum titled “How Will This Fracking Stuff Affect Me?” is free.

Helis Oil and Gas is seeking permission to drill a well in St. Tammany Parish that would use the controversial fracking process to extract oil.