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January 19, 2014

Scientific shakedown on quakes

Decades-old evidence cites injection process as a trigger for earthquakes, but can’t yet be linked to area’s recent tremors

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Asked whether the RRC plans to consider requesting any area well operators to decrease or stop injections until the issue of possible cause can be studied, a railroad commission spokeswoman replied: “The commission bases its regulatory actions and rules on sound science and proven facts and is in the process of hiring a seismologist to study the issue.”

Earthworks, a group calling for more oil and gas industry regulation, has organized a bus trip to take Azle-area residents calling for more immediate action on the issue from the RRC to Austin Tuesday morning to speak at the regular railroad commissioners’ meeting and with legislators.

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