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Earthquakes in Texas doubled in 2021. Scientists cite years of oil companies injecting sludgy water underground.

The surge in seismic activity from increased underground pressure is shaking the West Texas ground and rattling longtime residents.

An injection well site sits just outside of the town outskirts Monday, Jan. 31, 2022 in Odessa. The injection facility is lo…
A horseback rider takes an evening stroll through a residential neighborhood in Gardendale on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022.
David Rosen sits in his home in Midland on Jan. 27, 2022. Rosen was sitting in this chair when a 4.6 magnitude earthquake st…

“We’re just paying the price”

Catherine Allen poses for a photo in her home Friday, Jan. 28, 2022 in Midland, Texas.

Where the water goes

City Councilman John Norman, Midland district two, says he is not anti-oil and gas, but he is concerned about the earthquake…
Water pours into the storage pool after going through the recycling process at Breakwater Energy Partners in Big Spring on J…
Workers point to pipes used in the flock loop, where chemicals are added to help remove solids and kill bacteria in the wate…
After the solids are removed in the clarifier tanks, they are put into pressers that squeeze out any remaining liquid. Recyc…
A man holds a sample of a clear brine produced by the recycling process at Breakwater Energy Partners in Big Spring on Jan. …
An operational pumpjack neighbors a trailer home in Gardendale on Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022.

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