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Turning Brown Dense into green

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Discovery of oil, gas could spark ‘gold rush’ in Union Parish

Editor’s note: The following is the final of a three-part series looking into gas and oil exploration in the Lower Smackover Brown Dense rock formation under much of Union Parish. The series explains current exploration, what that exploration has already meant for the parish and what it could potentially mean in the future.

By T. Scott Boatright
Gazette staff writer

While frankincense and myrhh are known as traditional Christmas fragrances, it’s the potential smell of sweet and sour crude oil that has area landowners feeling like young children waiting for Santa Claus.

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