- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The state seismologist says he sees “no substantial proof” that recent North Texas earthquakes are linked to oil and gas activity, despite scientific studies finding probable cause.

Staff seismologist Craig Pearson’s statement came during a four-hour Texas Railroad Commission meeting Friday in Austin.

The Dallas Morning News (https://bit.ly/1HajyIV ) reports commissioners heard from scientists of the U.S. Geological Survey, Southern Methodist University and the University of Texas at Austin. They concluded that disposal wells for wastewater used in oil and gas exploration were most likely to blame for recent North Texas quakes.

Pearson said “it’s possible” the quakes could have been man-made, but he knew of no “proven, widely accepted case of that.”

The Railroad Commission regulates oil and gas industry activity in Texas.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, https://www.dallasnews.com

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