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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]...

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