ACOEL Blog Post: Texas Railroad Commission on track to address quakes


Over 30 earthquakes jolted the area in and around the City of Azle, Texas - 20 miles north of Fort Worth - last November through January. In response to citizen concerns, the Texas House Committee on Energy Resources created a Subcommittee on Seismic Activity, to investigate whether there was a link between earthquakes and increased oil and gas production and disposal wells. In addition, the Railroad Commission of Texas - the agency with jurisdiction over oil and gas activities in Texas - hired a state seismologist and, on August 12, approved a draft of proposed rules that would require companies to do a seismic survey before obtaining permits for new oil and gas disposal wells - so-called Class II injection wells. Representatives of both the Texas oil and gas industry and environmental groups are supportive of this proposal.

Excerpted from the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL) Blog, August 28, 2014. To read the full article, click here.

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