Fracking has produced a bonanza of oil and gas in Texas, but some critics claim that it causes earthquakes. The theory is unproven, but the Texas Railroad Commission made the right decision this week to hire a seismologist to study any link.
The action came after a public meeting last week in Azle, a town about 50 miles northwest of Dallas rattled by several earthquakes recently. Earthquakes are not unknown in North Texas, though they have been reported more often as the state experiences a boom in oil and gas production.
Fracking has been blamed by some, though others think the quakes are caused by the injection of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into deep underground wells.
Either way, Texans need to know if there is a connection, If that can be established, local governments should have the authority to prohibit any drilling activities in their jurisdictions that they believe are unsafe. ___