Fracking opponents now have scientific evidence

Many in North Parker County believed that a recent rash of earthquakes in that area was caused by the natural gas industry, but now they have some scientific evidence to back that belief up. An article published in the science journal Nature Communications says the 27 earthquakes that occurred in the Azle area in late 2013 and early 2014 are linked to nearby wasterwater injection wells and other drilling activities. A professor of geophysics at SMU wrote that were no recorded earthquakes in that area in the last 150 years. Author Matthew Hornbach said computer models found that high rates of wastewater flowing into the earth as part of the fracking process put strain onto fault lines.

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