Railroad Commission of Texas
Around the small town of Azle all the talk on Wednesday centered around the recent earthquakes. Eleven earthquakes have now rattled Parker County — and that’s just in the last 15 days.
Last January, Rick Trammell watched the Gainesville house he and his family owned for 20 years explode into a ball of flames. Now, the Railroad Commission of Texas sent Atmos Energy, which operated the natural gas line in question, a letter outlining alleged violations.
What is 120 years old, has nothing to do with trains, planes or automobiles and oversees a chunk of the nation’s oil and gas activities? The Railroad Commission of Texas — of course. And now the agency is again trying to get its name changed.