The Big Conversation
Here's a novel strategy for state officials looking to avoid answering questions from the public: When in doubt, blame the Sugar Bowl.
The Railroad Commission was in a packed high school auditorium in Azle on Thursday to hear more about the recent spate of earthquakes in the area that some believe is related to gas injection wells. What didn't sit right with the crowd, though, was the commission's decision not to take questions.
WFAA-TV's Teresa Woodard reported the following reason given by Commissioner David Porter for keeping the meeting short: "He told the crowd he was on a tight schedule, with early meetings in Austin and that he was sure people wanted to get home to watch the Sugar Bowl. Those were the reasons he gave for not being able to answer questions and listen to every concerned citizen."
Azle Mayor Alan Brundrett was one of those not happy with how the meeting went. "I don't feel real good about this. The only thing that makes me feel a little good is they actually came here. I'm not gonna go away," he said, "and I'm not gonna let up."
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Quote to Note: "It may not be taken care of after this meeting, but maybe if the earth shakes down in Austin, we'll get some results." — An unidentified man who attended and came away dissatisfied from a Railroad Commission meeting in Azle intended to address a recent spate of earthquakes
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