Weatherford Democrat

Aledo ExtrA

January 3, 2014

Residents frustrated at Azle earthquake meeting


"It feels like a semi-truck hitting your house with a bomb going off," Greg Morrison said. "I am serious."

"I have cracks in every floor of my house," a woman who lives off Knob Hill Road said. "And I don't mean just cracks going across. They come and meet in the middle."

Others described the fear, fear of stronger seismic activity to come, fear of what the shifting ground could do to a gas line, fear of sinkholes or contamination of the groundwater supply.

A young boy told the RRC of his nightmares of not being able to escape his room during an earthquake.

The Knob Hill Road resident described what she said felt like a Tasmanian devil burrowing under her house, adding that she now sleeps dressed in her clothes in case she has to leave the house quickly.

A real estate agent said she fielded calls from people questioning whether the area was a good place to buy or build a home due to the earthquakes.

Another woman said her chickens had stopped laying.

Many, often loudly applauded, urged the RRC to take action regarding disposal well activity in the area.

"I believe that based on occurrences that we've seen in Cleburne about two to three years ago, that these are related to injection wells," area resident Doug Howard said, his statements often interrupted by clapping. "It seems to me that the only way to figure out for sure if they are [caused by] injection wells is to shut down an injection well and see if it continues."

Howard suggested the commission start with the injection well located less than 2 miles from the epicenter area.

Others demanded answers to a variety of questions such as how many disposal wells were located in the area or why the commission didn't shut down the closest disposal well while researchers attempted to reach a definitive answer about what was causing the earthquakes.

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