Energy giant BHP Billiton, which has taken a strong position in the Haynesville Shale, held a stakeholders meeting Wednesday at its Shreveport office to share results of a 2015 investor scorecard that ranked the transparency and disclosure of 30 of the largest oil and gas companies doing hydraulic fracturing as part of their drilling operations.

The drilling term "frack" could use an image makeover, according to a new study by the LSU Public Policy Research Lab. Research Michael Climek says the word "fracking" significantly impacted how survey respondents viewed the process, both in terms of safety and whether the state should encourage it.