StateImpact Texas
9:34 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Exploring the Science Behind Manmade Quakes in Texas

From StateImpact Texas: 

The North Texas towns of Reno and Azle have seen over thirty earthquakes since November, sometimes more than one a day. It’s been unsettling for residents like Barbara Brown.

“Damage to my home, sinkholes on my property. Nerves! And a lot of angst,” she said. “Because you just don’t know when they’re going to happen again.”

And it’s not the only town in the state that’s been hit with tremors. Texas has seen the number of earthquakes increase ten times since the drilling boom began several years ago. While studies have linked the quakes to oil and gas drilling activities, but state regulators and politicians say the science is far from settled.

So what does the science really say?