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Texas Proposes New Oil, Gas Rules to Address Earthquake Concerns

Texas residents alarmed by an increase in earthquakes has led the state’s leading oil and gas regulator, the Texas Railroad Commission, to seek new rules regarding fracking in the state, The Dallas Business Journal reports. The proposed rules would allow the commission to act swiftly if wells were found to be causing any seismic activity.

“If we have an event like we had recently in the Reno/Azle area, we’re granting the authority — it wouldn’t have to go all the way to the commission in a long, drawn out process — but staff can go to the operator and say we need to modify your operation, we need to suspend operations or we need to terminate your operation because we believe it’s causing seismic activity,” seismologist Craig Pearson said during testimony before the Texas House subcommittee on seismic activity. 

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