Hydraulic Fracturing: Any Correlation to Earthquakes?
CBS 7 News
Hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting liquids, at high pressure, into cracks in the earth's surface, used especially to extract natural gas or oil. Some in Azle feel fracking could be an explanation to their earthquakes. Hundreds poured into a town hall meeting in Azle to talk about the 30 small earthquakes they had experienced since November.
"They're not giving us answers," says one Azle resident.
The process in question, fracking, is used in many areas across the us. In response to the meeting, the Associated Press reports that the railroad commission, which regulates drilling in Texas, is hiring a seismologist to look at drilling with earthquakes.
Morris Burns, an Oil and Gas Consultant, says fracking isn’t the problem. “They’re drilling two miles down, and it isn’t going to be dangerous or seismic.”
We asked him hypothetically, if the seismologist found a correlation between fracking and earthquakes, how would the oil industry fair? He says, “if any group successfully lowered
"If any group is successful in curtailing hydraulic fracturing then it would shut the industry down."
Some in our area say even so, they're not that worried about earthquakes.
"No, we've been doing it for years and there aren't really any here."
We contacted the railroad commission for comment but never received a call back. Many we spoke to today say this is a constant discussion with no black and white answers.