Seismic Events Shake Up Texas Rules On Injection Wells
Law360, New York (November 7, 2014, 10:56 AM EST) -- The Texas Railroad Commission recently proposed new regulations for oil and gas operation-related injection wells in response to publicity over purported links between "seismic events [that] have infrequently occurred in areas where there is coincident oil and gas activity" — namely, injection wells. After some publicity related to reports of small earthquakes in the North Texas town of Azle, the Railroad Commission hired Craig Pearson as an in-house seismologist to coordinate the exchange of information between scientists, academics and oil and gas operators to help address any potential issues. Similarly, reports of minor earthquakes in other parts of North Texas have led researchers from Southern Methodist University to investigate for a link between those earthquakes and injection well activity in the area....
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