Madeline Fox / Kansas News Service

Kansas’ energy-regulating agency will investigate nearly a decade’s worth of permits it granted to oil and gas companies after learning recently that some wells received permits without meeting certain state regulations.

The probe, announced Tuesday, will determine the number of wells approved since 2008 without the companies giving nearby residents accurate information about their rights to protest the wells.


Saltwater injection. Fracking. Enhanced oil recovery.

News of protests in recent months against oil- and gas-related activity in the Flint Hills has drawn fresh attention to these and other terms — as well as some confusion.

Oklahoma Corporation Commission

State regulators in Oklahoma have put new restrictions on oil and gas activity. The changes were made after a 4.5 magnitude earthquake struck the northern part of the state Tuesday night.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says its earthquake team is taking action following Tuesday night's quake that hit Pawnee. Two months ago, the same area that was struck by a record-setting 5.8 magnitude earthquake, the largest in the state's history.

The U.S. Geological Survey says Tuesday night's quake was felt in Kansas, including Wichita, and parts of northern Missouri.

Faces of Fracking / flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission says it has reached an agreement with Sandridge Energy over its disposal wells in hopes of reducing earthquakes, many of which have been felt here in Wichita.

The plan was announced Wednesday and calls for Sandridge to reduce the volume of wastewater injected into certain areas by more than 190,000 barrels a day.

“That is quite a significant cutback. It represents about 40 percent of their total volume for that area,” says Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner.

The Kansas Corporation Commission is restricting the use of injection wells for salt water disposal in Harper and Sumner Counties. The Kansas Sierra Club supports the action by saying the order is a response to the increased amount of earthquakes in the state. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The order requires a total reduction of up to 60 percent in saltwater waste to be disposed into specific injection wells in areas of seismic concern.

Richard Crowson

Woo hoo! Roll over, Beethoven! Tell Tchaikovsky the news! Rock and roll is here to stay! And by “rock and roll,” I mean earthquakes.

Kansas Geological Survey representatives recently testified at a legislative hearing. They said it’s not the fracking, it's the reinjecting of salty wastewater from the oil and gas drilling process into the earth. In other words, it’s not the frack, it’s the brack--brackish water injection.

The Kansas Geological Survey says that Horizontal drilling helped boost oil production numbers slightly in Kansas last year, but natural gas continued its downward spiral.

Kansas oil production rose 7 percent to 46.8 million barrels last year, with most of that increase coming from the Mississippian limestone formation underneath southern and western Kansas. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, put new oil deposits in those areas within reach.

The Environmental Protection Agency says officials at natural gas liquids storage facility in central Kansas have agreed to spend $2 million dollars to reduce air pollution.

The EPA said yesterday the settlement with Mid-Continent Fractionation and Storage in Conway resulted from an inspection in 2012.

The company has agreed to install and operate a new vapor collection system that reduces emissions of volatile organic compounds into the atmosphere.

James Clad is the former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.

He is also an advisor to the Cambridge Energy Research Associates – a group which counsels governments, oil companies, utilities and others on the oil, and gas industries and global energy markets.

He was in Wichita recently to speak with the Committee on Foreign Relations and he sat down with KMUW News Director, Aileen LeBlanc to discuss hydraulic fracturing or “fracking."

The Kansas House Energy and Environment Committee will hear an update Tuesday on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas--commonly called "fracking"-- in the state.

Officials from several state agencies and the Kansas Geological Survey will also tell the committee about the potential connection between fracking and increased seismic activity.

As new technology allows extraction in difficult geological formations, Kansas has seen an increase in oil and gas exploration in southern counties.