Researchers Study String of Texas Earthquakes

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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Researchers are collecting data that could allow them to determine what role wastewater injection wells played in a string of small earthquakes northwest of Fort Worth.

Heather DeShon, an associate professor of geophysics at Southern Methodist University told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the school's network of seismic activity sensors in an area about 15 miles northwest of the city have detected numerous small earthquakes recently.

DeShon said she hopes their study will allow them to say this particular well affected this fault.

The area in northeast Parker County has experienced more than 30 small earthquakes since November. Last month more than 30 area residents travelled to Austin to ask the Texas Railroad Commission to consider shutting down injection wells there. The commission said it didn't have enough information.