The Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) is considering amendments to rules regulating fracking waste water disposal, the RRC told Rigzone Wednesday. However, the RRC said it was laying the groundwork for best practices in the industry, and not investigating whether or not there is a link between disposal wells and seismic events in the North Texas area near Azle, where the last felt earthquake in Texas occurred Jan. 29.
“The Commission’s seismologist’s role has been to facilitate an exchange of information from Azle-area oil and gas disposal well operators to Southern Methodist University (SMU) researchers, who are the ones directly investigating whether there is a link between North Texas Azle-area oil and gas disposal wells and seismic events in that area,” Ramona Nye, the media relations spokesperson for the RRC, said.
The main components of the rule amendment proposals, if adopted, are:
The public has until noon Sept. 29 to comment to the Commission on the rules, Nye said.
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