State Official To Address Azle Earthquakes On Thursday

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Posted December 27, 2013 by Jeff Prince in Blotch
RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT EARTHQUAKES WILL MEET AT AZLE HIGH SCHOOL, HOME OF THE FIGHTING HORNETS, FOR A TALK WITH THE STATE'S TOP REGULATOR OF GAS DRILLING.RESIDENTS CONCERNED ABOUT EARTHQUAKES WILL MEET AT AZLE HIGH SCHOOL, HOME OF THE FIGHTING HORNETS, FOR A TALK WITH THE STATE'S TOP REGULATOR OF GAS DRILLING.

About two dozen earthquakes have rattled the Azle area in recent weeks, and residents are strongly suspecting the natural gas drilling industry is to blame.

The quakes have been occurring almost exclusively near drilling activities across North Texas. Prior to  the industry’s development of hydraulic fracturing, which shoots millions of gallons of high-pressure water deep into the earth’s crevices, North Texas had few occurrences of earthquakes.

Now quakes are as common as the gas wells. Numerous studies have linked the two.

Expect a large turnout at next Tuesday’s meeting between Azle residents and the commissioner of The Railroad Commission of Texas. That’s the agency that regulates the drilling industry, if by “regulate” you mean “aids and abets.”

Railroad Commissioner David Porter will lead the town meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Azle High School auditorium, 1200 Boyd Rd.

Locals activists who have sought accountability from the drillers and more oversight from the regulators aren’t expecting much more than a dog and pony show.

“The majority of activists [in] the area including myself figure that this presentation will downplay the potential impact that drilling and fracking or even  gas production injection wells may be having on this increased occurrence of earthquakes in North Central Texas / Parker / Wise County,” said Gary Hogan, president of the North Central Texas Communities Alliance, a group that looks for solutions to problems related to drilling.

“Our [railroad commissioner] is there to support gas operations,” Hogan said, referring to the agency’s history of protecting the oil and gas industry. “However, many of us  hope to turn out to hear the blah blah blah.”

 

 


One Comment


  1.  
    DMT

    One look at Mr. Porter’s record and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see where this is going to go. Most of his contributions are from natural gas companies and his career has focused on working alongside these companies. I think the citizens of Azle are going to need to band together and get an attorney to fight this. Below is a quick look at the commissioners record and contributions.

    Before taking office, Commissioner Porter built a successful small business around his CPA practice in Midland Texas, providing accounting and tax services to oil and gas producers, royalty owners, oil field service companies and other small businesses and individuals. On November 2, 2010, David J. Porter was elected to serve a six-year term as a Texas Railroad Commissioner. Since taking office, Commissioner Porter served on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission as well as the Interstate Mining Compact Commision as an Associate Representative by Texas Governor Rick Perry.
    TABLE 1: Top 20 Contributors
    Contributor Total % of Total Sector
    ANWAR, JAVAID
    $25,000 5.87% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    FINLEY, JAMES D
    $20,000 4.70% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    PARSLEY COFFIN RENNER LLP
    $16,000 3.76% Lawyers & Lobbyists See Records

    ATMOS ENERGY
    $10,000 2.35% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    DAVIS, J DAVIES
    $10,000 2.35% Uncoded See Records

    DAVIS, J DAVIES
    $10,000 2.35% Uncoded See Records

    POWELL JR, LOYD
    $10,000 2.35% Uncoded See Records

    TEXAS OIL & GAS ASSOCIATION
    $10,000 2.35% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    SPECTRA ENERGY
    $7,500 1.76% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    CONOCOPHILLIPS
    $7,500 1.76% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    BASS ENTERPRISES
    $5,500 1.29% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    GOOD GOVERNMENT FUND
    $5,500 1.29% Uncoded See Records

    TARGA RESOURCES CORP
    $5,000 1.17% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    MARATHON OIL
    $5,000 1.17% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    CHESAPEAKE ENERGY
    $5,000 1.17% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    MARTINEAU, DAVID F
    $5,000 1.17% Uncoded See Records

    MARTINEAU, DAVID F
    $5,000 1.17% Uncoded See Records

    PARSLEY COFFIN RENNER
    $5,000 1.17% Uncoded See Records

    STAI, DIAN GRAVES
    $5,000 1.17% Finance, Insurance & Real Estate See Records

    MATTHEWS, J J
    $5,000 1.17% Energy & Natural Resources See Records

    TABLE 2: Top 15 Industries
    Top Industries Total
    Oil & Gas
    $165,676
    Lawyers & Lobbyists
    $54,450
    Electric Utilities
    $22,287
    Commercial Banks
    $6,000
    Accountants
    $3,500
    Construction Services
    $2,500
    Miscellaneous Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
    $2,000
    Telecom Services & Equipment
    $1,000
    Miscellaneous Finance
    $1,000
    Automotive
    $1,000
    Home Builders
    $1,000
    Candidate Committees
    $1,000
    Chemical & Related Manufacturing
    $1,000
    Candidate Self-finance
    $-3,928

    http://www.followthemoney.org/database/StateGlance/candidate.phtml?c=134576





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