State Senator Robert Nichols hosted a meeting in Nacogdoches yesterday addressing the earthquake activity in the Timpson area in the past couple of years.
Sen. Nichols said his office had been contacted by residents of Shelby County expressing concerns over the growing number of earthquakes in the area. He said the meeting provided a first-hand opportunity for those from the area to illustrate their personal experiences and ask questions.
In attendance were Ray Wilson from State Rep. Chris Paddie’s office and staff from the Texas Railroad Commission, including Executive Director Milton Rister and newly hired Seismologist Dr. Craig Pearson.
For several years, waste water from gas fracturing operations in Texas and Louisiana has been injected into Shelby county soil, much of it near the fault line. Residents believe this has contributed to the earthquakes.
Some of the issues brought forth in the meeting included costly property repairs caused by foundation damage, masonry damage, broken windows and more. Those affected believe their homeowner insurance would not cover the cost of repairs. Many voiced concerns over property values declining and worry they will not be able to sell their homes in the future.
Sen. Nichols said his hope is with the hiring of Dr. Pearson, the Railroad Commission will have additional resources to study and understand the cause of these earthquakes.