Reno, Azle Residents Want Answers About Recent Earthquakes

The Texas Railroad Commission on Tuesday said new data is available related to the cause of the earthquakes that have rocked North Texas.

The earthquakes have been centralized near the cities of Azle and Reno, along the Tarrant-Parker County line.

A special forum will be held Wednesday night for Reno and Azle residents to hear more information about the recent data related to the earthquakes.

"This area is very concerned," said Reno Mayor Lynda Stokes. "They want to know."

Leaders from both cities believe the earthquakes have been caused by waste water injection wells used by oil and gas operators during the hydraulic fracturing process.

The Railroad Commission of Texas requested data from seven oil and gas operators with active injection wells in northeast Parker, northwest Tarrant and southeast Wise counties.

The regulatory agency posted the injection well data from Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties online on Tuesday.

Researchers will use the data to better understand whether oil and gas operations may be related to the seismic activity that began in November 2013.

The panel will get a chance to look over the data and answer questions from members of the public.

The meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 18, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Azle High School auditorium. The forum is free and open to the public.

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