Railroad commission looking for seismologist to explain wave of earthquakes

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Railroad Commission will hire a seismologist, to investigate the wave of 20 earthquakes that hit a part of North Texas within a two-month span in 2013.

Railroad Commissioner David Porter said the commission is interested in investigating the possible causation between oil and gas activities and seismic events. In the past, commission staff looked at studies conducted by other entities, they do not currently consult with a seismologist. The position will be in-house.

The seismologist’s duties will include coordinating with other academic experts,work with known faults and historic or ongoing oil and gas exploration and production activities, lead efforts to conduct research as well as internally integrate oil and gas science with seismic science; coordinate communications and information gathering with stakeholders; review, analyze, interpret and comment on technical data from seismic data sources, computer models and digital maps; and develop recommendations and action plans.

The commission will immediately begin a comprehensive, nationwide search for the seismologist.

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