Austin may never be the same. This morning a busload of folks from Azle and Reno — including the mayor — are scheduled to arrive in Austin and address the three elected commissioners of the Railroad Commission of Texas on the impacts of the tremors, earthquakes and sinkholes that is affected North Central Texas. These folks are angry and believe that oil and gas activity and in particular injection wells are causing shifts in the Earth, leading to property damage and frayed nerves. North central Texas is not the only place that oil and gas activity has appeared to induce seismic activity. Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio and Holland, which just set limits on gas production because of the frequent tremors.
After addressing the Commission, the Reno Mayor and here cohorts are off to the Capitol to speak to their representatives and staff. In the meantime, Energy Committee Chair Jim Keffer has formed a special subcommittee on Seismic Induction, to be led by Representative Myra Crownover. More to come.