4:46 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

KCC Restricts Use Of Injection Wells For Salt Water Disposal

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.

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7:30 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Let's Shake, Rattle And Roll With These Earthquakes

Credit 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.

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11:28 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Thanks In Part To Fracking, Kansas Oil Production Rose 7 Percent In 2013

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.

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12:19 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Mid-Continent Fractionation And Storage Agrees To Spend $2M To Reduce Air Pollution

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.

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5:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

The Economy Of Fracking: A Conversation With James Clad

Over 430,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in Kansas since the late 1800s. Of the roughly 244,000 wells drilled since 1947, over 57,000 of those wells have been hydraulically fractured.

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."

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10:35 am
Tue January 21, 2014

State Officials Discuss Fracking and Its Potential Link To Increased Seismic Activity

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.

7:25 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Fracking Companies May Soon Have To Disclose Chemical Use

Kansas utility regulators are considering requiring oil and natural gas companies to disclose information about the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking.

An attorney for the Kansas Corporation Commission outlined these proposed new rules Monday for a joint legislative committee that reviews administrative regulations.

Fracking uses water under high pressure to crack open rock formations and release oil and natural gas.

The information would have to be listed on a KCC database or in an existing online industry database.

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6:23 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Kansas Oil Production Up, Natural Gas Down

A new report from the Kansas Geological Survey shows oil production in Kansas last year was up over 2011, but natural gas production was down.

Officials with the survey report the nearly 44 million barrels of oil produced last year were the most since 1995. The oil had a value of $3.7 billion.

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