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Listen In, Lubbock: Why Texas is experiencing more earthquakes

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An earthquake that happened in West Texas last month was the third largest in the state’s history. Scientists say this kind of seismic activity is becoming more frequent in Texas because of fracking by the oil and gas industry.

Erin Douglas from The Texas Tribune has been following this trend.

Guest:
Erin Douglas, The Texas Tribune

Helpful links:
Texas oil and gas agency investigating 5.4 magnitude earthquake in West Texas, the largest in three decades from The Texas Tribune

Earthquakes in Texas doubled in 2021. Scientists cite years of oil companies injecting sludgy water underground from The Texas Tribune

Sarah Self-Walbrick is the news director at Texas Tech Public Media, where she leads the news team and focuses on underreported stories in Lubbock. Sarah is a Lubbock native and a three-time graduate of Texas Tech University. She started her career at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
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