The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): When Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter held a town hall meeting in Azle Thursday to hear concerns about possible links between recent earthquakes and natural gas drilling, one of the suggestions was to stop drilling and see what happens. Is this over-stating the problem, or is it serious enough to shut down the natural gas boom?
Yes. Shut it down now. Invest in solar energies. Stop destroying plants, our fresh water, killing the ecological habitats of all animals and marine life and polluting our planet and causing cancer. Sarah Cook
Honey, if he lived here it would be serious enough. Houses are cracking, and guess what? Homeowners insurance is not paying to fix this problem!
I am not anti-drilling or gas. But a number of impacts from the drilling need to be better investigated and addressed. In addition to the earthquakes, I believe that the unusually low lake levels are a result of the water needs for fracking. Chris Putnam
Of course it is serious enough. If an earthquake doesn’t get our attention, what will? Something is seriously wrong there. There are better sources of energy that will not destroy the Earth — solar, wind, etc. Bill Reedy
Does anyone realize that we live on one of the largest fault lines in the world? Roy Green
Something must be done. With two very large unwanted pipelines and a lift station in our pasture, not one time that I know of have they been inspected, 30-plus earthquakes later.
Gail Murphy Druxman
Yes. The earthquakes warrant an absolute unbiased examination to determine the cause, which is most likely from fracking or waste-disposal wells. The air pollution from fracking alone is enough to warrant the elimination of fracking in city limits. John Obeidin
Explain why only the fracking in one particular area is supposedly causing earthquakes, when all the other fracking doesn’t. Considering that there are hundreds of earthquakes every day, why are these particular quakes so quickly blamed on fracking? Ron Golver