More than 800 people attended an Azle public meeting last week to voice concerns about the recent swarm of small earthquakes in the area, but they didn't get any answers about the cause of or solution to the problem from state officials. Now critics of hydraulic fracturing are offering their own session to provide information. Earthworks, the North Central Texas Communities Alliance and former Dish Mayor Calvin Tillman said today they will hold a meeting Monday at 6:30 p.m. at Azle Community Center, 404 W. Main St., in Azle. Organizers said the format of the Jan. 2 meeting and previous actions show Texas Railroad Commission officials "are not interested in overseeing the oil and gas industry so much as providing political cover for it." They said their Monday meeting will "find out how to force our 'regulators' to do their jobs and protect our property and communities."
-- Jim Fuquay