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December 2, 2013

The earth moved under our feet

Earthquake rumbles north of Mineral Wells early Thanksgiving morning

(Continued)

King explained that one reason scientists are not certain as to the cause of these recent earthquakes is they simply do not have the equipment necessary to hone in on these tremors at a “micro level.” These “sophisticated and targeted seismic monitors” that may be relatively commonplace in Northern California are few and far between in North Texas.

But King said he believes the cause of these earthquakes – however harmless – will continue to be thoroughly investigated by leading state geologists and researchers.

“I think there’s a lot of focus in the scientific community on this right now,” he said. “There are a lot of papers being written and studies being done. I suspect with all the concerns about it that there will continue to be.

“It is disturbing, I get that, too. All I care about is that the truth and facts be scientifically determined. I don’t want the environmental community trying to use this to shut down our oil and gas production in North Texas. That’s why my insistence is... let’s make absolutely sure there’s hardcore scientific evidence, not just correlations and rhetoric.”

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