Texas Railroad Commission to Hire Seismologist

The Texas Railroad Commission on Tuesday made an earth-shaking announcement: It will hire a seismologist.

The announcement came after a spate of mild earthquakes has rattled North Texans, who have called on the state’s oil and gas regulator to investigate the phenomenon’s ties to oil and gas waste disposal in the Barnett Shale. Some residents say the problem is to blame for cracked walls, floors and busted water pipes at their homes.

In a news release Tuesday, the commission said an in-house seismologist will “strengthen its ability to follow new research, as well as coordinate an exchange of ...

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