Man-induced earthquake research reverberates in Texas Legislature

Author: Barclay Richard Nicholson Publication | May 7, 2015

Geophysicists urged Texas legislators last week that more research is needed to mitigate the risk of induced earthquakes in the state. Three researchers told the House Energy Resources Committee that their study, "Casual Factors for Seismicity Near Azle, Texas," published in Nature Communications April 21, linked earthquakes to two wastewater injection wells, noting data "consistent with pressure changes that can induce seismicity." The committee hearing comes two weeks after the Texas Railroad Commission issued show cause orders for the two wells.

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