When we took the “Shake the ground in Austin” bus to speak at the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) meeting this week, I asked for 3 things:
- Fracking wastewater injection should halt in the area until the science exists to prevent related earthquakes.
- Seismic data collected in the area should be publicly available online and in real time.
- Those responsible for the injection wells should be help presumptively liable for damages caused by earthquakes in the area.
One of those 3 has come true but not because the RRC took any action. I knew the seismic data from the Bayou Corn sinkhole is available online and I was determined that the Texas frackquake data should also be online. As it turns out, it was already available. I only needed to make enough phone calls and persist long enough to find out where it is.
You can find the data from the new seismic sensors HERE. Scroll down until you find information that starts with AZ. Like this: AZEP HNE NQ 01 ( Azle Epicenter, Azle, TX ) keep scrolling down and clicking on dates. You will see that there is still a lot of activity happening.
Here’s an email Earthworks just sent out.
Thank you for speaking out against frackquakes
You took the time, officials took notice
A bus load of Texans made the ground shake in Austin this week.
And I’m still shaking! Your dedication to helping others and protecting our communities, homes and children is truly inspiring.
More than 50 Texans from the Azle area took time off from work and school, woke up at 3am and sat on a bus for eight hours to tell our government officials we need immediate action to stop fracking related earthquakes.
Because of their heroic efforts, and support through our online petition, we are bringing about real change that will help real people.
The results so far:
- The Texas Railroad Commission is hiring a seismologist
- The Texas House Energy Resources Committee formed a subcommittee to investigate earthquakes
- We made the national news, raising the profile and urgency of the issue
And we sent Austin into a scurry. But further action is needed.
In my testimony at the Railroad Commission meeting I called for a moratorium on the injection wells that are causing the earthquakes until the science exists to stop the quakes.
I also asked that the companies responsible for the quakes be responsible for the damage. Right now we, the homeowners, have to pay for the damage fracking companies cause. That’s not right.
Finally, I asked for information. We need live, realtime data about the quakes in our communities. And, after a whole bunch of phone calls, we got it! You can now get realtime earthquake data here. Scroll down to find information for Azle, Reno, Boyd and Briar.
Thank you you for your hard work, commitment and compassion.
Sharon Wilson, Texas Organizer
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About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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I can’t wait till the name of the RRC seismologist is disclosed. I’ll bet he/she will be well anointed by one of the O&G companies or from one of those pollution friendly universities in Tx, OK, or LA.