The Railroad Commission of Texas doesn't regulate railroads ~ not since the Federal government took over that role in the 1980's. They do have jurisdiction over the Oil and Gas Industry. One of their three Commissioners, David Porter, plans to visit residents in Azle, Texas this Thursday where he will host a Town Hall meeting to discuss the recent quake swarm in that area.
Scientists have recognized the correlation between hydrocarbon production and earthquakes since the 1960's ~ well, actually as far back as the 1920's. So, if the injection of huge volumes of fluid at high pressure causes seismicity, why not shut down the operation ~ at least in residential communities?
It's not that simple.
First, the Railroad Commission doesn't believe in sound science ~ and even if they did ~ they do not have the jurisdiction to shut them down over seismic activity.
Also, the balance between profits and public safety is tricky business ~ especially when such strong ties exist between the regulators and the industry they regulate. David Porter began his CPA practice in Midland three decades ago providing accounting, financial and tax services for the Oil and Gas Industry.
While we don't expect anything but a dog and pony show, it is important for citizens to show up and voice their concerns. Communities and public safety are AT RISK. We believe the only way to turn this train around is to divest from fossil fuels and move towards a renewable energy future.
In the meantime, make it your New Years' Resolution to purchase earthquake insurance!
There have been 30 North Texas Earthquakes Since November.
Town Hall Information:
Date: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Azle High School Auditorium, 1200 Boyd Road, Azle, TX
HAPPY ROCKIN' NEW YEAR!!