Fracking and earthquakes

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Fracking and ’quakes

I can’t wait to hear what Railroad Commissioner David Porter has to say now about “all that shaking going on” in Azle when he couldn’t find any correlation between the 19 earthquakes and waste-water injection wells back in November.

Unfortunately, instead of regulating the gas and oil industry, the Railroad Commission appears to be its biggest defender.

When homeowners’ water suddenly turned flammable, they were told it was just “naturally occurring gas”; when lakes dropped to abnormally low levels, state officials said it was the drought, not because 5 million gallons is used to frack each of 6,650 wells; when scientists linked fracking chemicals to cancer and birth defects, they responded that the chemicals used were trade secrets.

Since the energy industry and the Railroad Commission seem to be in such perfect harmony, they should go on a fracking tour where they could sing duets praising natural gas, while tap dancing around any questions about earthquakes, lower lake levels, contaminated water, climate change, air pollution, or gas leaks.

— Sharon Austry, Fort Worth

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