In Austin, it's easy to tell the story of how the fracking boom is adding billions to the state coffers and creating thousands of jobs. It's a little harder to get testimony about the negative side effects. I had been in touch with a researcher at UT Austin about a possible appearance, but he was starting to get swamped with requests. Earthquakes around Azle, Texas near Fort Worth were starting to draw more attention and the Texas Railroad Commission (which regulates the oil and gas industry) was refusing to answer questions. After some polite-but-persistent emails, I got through to a media relations person, who requested a phone conversation before passing my request along. I must have said the right thing, because we got our guy just in time for a busload of angry North Texas residents to appear at a hearing in Austin.