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Has the fracking industry lost Texas?

January 3, 2014 • Jennifer Krill

Last night, over 800 people showed up to a townhall in Azle,Texas to talk to the Texas Railroad Commission (which regulates oil and gas development, not railroads) about earthquakes connected to fracking.

In oil crazy Texas, in years past, the very fact of evidence supporting the need for drilling caution would have served as impetus for this event to become a pro-drilling rally.

But not last night.  Last night, for the first time I know about, it was not just my colleague Sharon Wilson and eco-minded folks, but a broad cross section of Texans in large numbers at the meeting. And they called not just for caution; the demand in Azle, Texas was for an all out halt to fracking and waste injection.