"It's my personal belief," he said, "that the well water operator dialed it down to make them stop."
This is a great article. If this seismologist becomes an Italian Fall-Guy, then it is fine, since he got lots of money and can go back to the farm. I think this job is 90% political, and I could never do it. I would soon go crazy and stand up and yell: "You're all a bunch of idiots!"
But the heart of the matter is the Conspiracy of Azle. Either he knows all the details and is actively covering it up, or they are keeping him in the dark. Not nice either way, and I feel sorry for him.
*Conspiracy of Azle - As the mayor guesses, they had a saltwater injection well, and switched it to fracking waste. Tons of earthquakes later, and hot political times, they quietly switched back again. Earthquakes stopped.
This poor guy can never expose that since it involves his employer. He'll just muddle on, sucking in the money, until they get rid of him. That's too bad, since if they just aired this, it would solve all their problems. They could use the Fish Treatment on frack waste and keep on with their party.
The OK earthquakes are frustrating me with their very slow pick-up, but now they are getting regular high threes. I'm only interested in thrust-4's, but they are slowly coming. What will happen is that they will soon get their large earthquakes, the Feds declare them a disaster area, and the insurance twits scream. That would start a Fed inquiry that might just penetrate the Texas Conspiracy.