After a Rash of Earthquakes, Should North Texas Update its Building Codes?

By Joanna England / May 4, 2015 / 0 Comments

Did you feel that earthquake this morning? We definitely did, and it happened just as I was dropping off my preschooler in Lakewood. The tremor, a 2.7 magnitude quake near Farmers Branch according to the United States Geological Survey map, made me wonder if my son’s school was built to withstand a significant earthquake. It’s […]

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Should You Add Earthquake Insurance to Your Home Insurance Policy? Deductibles Very High In Most Cases

By Candy Evans / January 8, 2015 / 4 Comments

Reader tells us her wall cracks got worse after Tuesday’s quakes Tuesday night to Wednesday morning, we had 12 little earthquakes in North Texas. I definitely felt one, the strongest one said to be a 3.6 on the Richter Scale. My son lives near Palo Alto where they had a fierce 6.0 quake this summer. […]

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Water Mains Break After Two Earthquakes Rock North Texas, But Will Homeowners See Damage?

By Joanna England / January 6, 2015 / 4 Comments

Update 9:50 pm:  The neighbor who took the video you are seeing tells me: “I think it is related (to the earthquake), it happened right after the first earthquake, not 2 hours like the city told Robert Wilonsky, it is at the intersection of Hughes and Dykes Way.” He also tells me that whatever caused […]

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Is Shale Gas Exploration Causing Earthquakes? Today’s Texas House Committee Meeting Will Study What May Cause Rash of Texas Quakes

By Joanna England / May 12, 2014 / 1 Comment

Several North Texas homeowners, especially those in Azle and near Eagle Mountain Lake, are concerned that expanded shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing may be causing the rash of seismic activity that has these communities all shook up. To address these concerns, the Texas House Subcommittee on Seismic Activity is holding a hearing today at […]

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What The Frack? Should North Texans Secure Earthquake Coverage if They Live Near Hydraulic Fracturing Sites?

By Joanna England / January 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

As Azle residents stormed a meeting of the Texas Railroad Commission yesterday demanding a moratorium on wastewater injection wells used in hydraulic fracturing (AKA fracking), commissioners gave no indication of halting the practice that homeowners blame for the recent spate of earthquakes in their small Tarrant County town.

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Another Reason to Rethink Fracking: Even The Threat of Shale Gas Wells Tanks Propert Values 20 to 24 Percent

By Joanna England / May 22, 2013 / 0 Comments

Business Insider listed the top nine things that can cripple or kill home values, and fracking (hydraulic fracturing) was listed among foreclosure graveyards, hoarding, sex offenders, and poorly performing schools as one of the top problems that tank home values. The threat of potentially polluted drinking water scares off buyers from their potential dream home. […]

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