Texas Quakes Unlikely To Spur Tough New Drilling Laws

Law360, Dallas (May 9, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT) -- A Texas legislative hearing set for Monday will examine whether increased drilling activity has caused the uptick in earthquakes near the Barnett Shale, but though community leaders are pushing for limits on water injection wells, industry leaders say they expect lawmakers to leave oversight to the Texas Railroad Commission.

Though the legislature isn’t in session this year, the House Energy Resources chair convened a subcommittee on seismic activity after residents of Azle, Texas, and other communities in the Barnett area demanded the state address the flurry of minor earthquakes that hit the area in 2013.

And although observers expect to see...

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