Amidst calls for a moratorium on injection wells in Wise and Parker counties, a Dallas company has announced plans to put an injection well near Chico.
In the past few weeks the Texas Railroad Commission, the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, has started a search to hire a seismologist.
Meanwhile, the Texas House has created a subcommittee to investigate the relationship between earthquakes and injection wells, and hundreds of residents from Wise and Parker counties have gathered at meetings to voice their concern over the connection between a rash of earthquakes and nearby injection wells.
On Tuesday, a busload of residents from this area traveled to Austin to attend a Texas Railroad Commission meeting.
The McCutchin Petroleum Co. has filed for a commercial disposal well permit at a site two-and-a-half miles northeast of Chico. The well will inject saltwater and other oil and gas waste into the Ellenberger formation, more than 7,200 feet underground.
Anyone wishing to request a public hearing and show how they might be adversely affected by the new well, Jeff Moser Lease, Well No. 3, can contact the Texas Railroad Commission at 512-463-6792.