Texans shaken by quakes demand halt on injection wells (video)

HOUSTON — Residents of a North Texas town that has been shaken by a rash of earthquakes descended on a meeting of state regulators Tuesday and called for a moratorium on nearby injection wells, according to a report by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The report said a busload of Azle homeowners traveled to the Austin meeting of the Texas Railroad Commission to demand the regulatory group takes action to curb the tremors.

More than 30 quakes have hit the area in three months.

In a tense meeting with regulators earlier this month, residents linked the sudden spurt of quakes to an increase in oil and gas drilling in the area. Wastewater produced with oil often is disposed of deep underground through wells, a process which some evidence shows can cause quakes.

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