Letters to the Editor

March 14, 2014

Commission on quakes

In a news article of March 2, Railroad Commission spokesperson Ramona Nye made two definitive statements regarding the relationship of earthquakes and injection of production waste water.

In a news article of March 2, Railroad Commission spokesperson Ramona Nye made two definitive statements regarding the relationship of earthquakes and injection of production waste water.

“Commission staff has not identified a definitive correlation between seismic activity and injection wells in Texas,” and “The mere existence of faults does not necessarily indicate that a disposal well will trigger seismic activity.”

But then the bought seismologist’s job, she said, will be to evaluate the impact of oil and gas activity on known faults.

Excuse me, Ramona Nye, but you are not a scientist, just a spokesperson who I feel has been instructed to make the statement and conclusions that the commissioners and politicians want to be the result.

They are kicking this can down the road past elections, acting like they are doing something. Over a month to find a seismologist and pick a committee to look into this?

Citizens of Azle, Boyd and Springtown need to call state Reps. Phil King, Charlie Geren and Jim Keffer and say not good enough.

Better yet vote one or all of them out in November.

— Gary Hogan, Fort Worth

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