They say that everything is bigger in Texas, and that is especially true of the vast oil fields located throughout the state. Today, Texas is the #1 oil producer in the U.S., producing more than a million barrels per day. Since the start of the most recent oil boom, the Lone Star State has seen a huge increase in seismic activity. Although earthquakes have been happening for years, scientific data has proven the recent events in the small town of Timpson can be attributed to oil field practices. However, state regulators and politicians still say this science is far from infallible. The issues of property and structural damage, the decline in property value, and the potential damage to infrastructure are all growing concerns to people who reside in these affected areas. Researchers have suggested ways to reduce the likelihood of these induced quakes, but Texans wonder if the oil and gas industry will ever be held accountable.



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