Friday forum to feature candidates, earthquakes

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, March 26, 2014
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The dust still hasn’t settled from a series of earthquakes that rocked southern Wise and northern Parker counties late last year.

Several elected officials and candidates in local, state and national races are expected to address that issue at a forum this Friday, March 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at W.E. Boswell High School in north Fort Worth.

It will feature Democratic and Republican candidates for several state and federal offices.

Some of those expected to attend include Phil King (R-Weatherford,) state representative for District 61, and his opponent in the November election, Matt Britt, a Democratic candidate from Decatur; Mark Greene, a Democrat running for Texas’ 12th U.S. congressional district; and candidates for Texas Railroad Commissioner and governor.

Concerned Citizens for Responsible Industry organized the forum. The group, composed mainly of residents from Wise, Parker and Tarrant counties, was formed in the aftermath of more than 30 earthquakes that shook the region late last year.

The group has called for a moratorium on the use of injection wells, which are blamed for possibly causing the quakes, in the affected region.

The forum will take questions from members of the concerned citizens group as well as audience members.

“We all need to pay more attention to the people who regulate the oil and gas industry, especially since it is such a major part of our economy and community,” said Wise County Democratic Chair Tracy Smith. “This forum will help inform voters on these issues.”

For information, call Darlia Hobbs at 817-237-7972.

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