Energy & Environment

Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service

The fight over an oil-related waste disposal well in Kansas’ Flint Hills has broadened into a campaign to protest similar wells across several counties and lobby lawmakers for regulatory changes.

Last month residents of Chase, Morris and other counties known for their rolling topography, open pastures and tallgrass ecology lost their effort to block operation of a saltwater injection well near Strong City and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service/File photo

Kansas energy regulators have given the green light for an oil company to dispose of production-related wastewater in the Flint Hills — a plan that had met with resistance from residents.

EcoFest

Environmental sustainability is the focus of EcoFest in east Wichita on Saturday. Organizer Vivien Minshull-Ford says the celebration centers around green living and eco-stewardship. She says there will be an eco-conscious art exhibit, demonstrations, crafts for kids and a bus that's been converted into an eco-friendly home.

"People will be able to go on tours," Minshull-Ford says. "It’s put together by a couple of artists who are very clever at doing that sort of thing, and it’s off the grid so it has solar panels, a compost toilet and they live in it."

Jewlissa Frickey / Westar Energy

Environmental regulations and commitments to address global warming are certainly not on terra firma. The Trump administration has vowed to ease emissions controls for power plants and to get coal miners back to work.

The Jeffrey Energy Center, in St. Mary’s, Kansas, near Topeka, is one such coal-fired power plant.

Joseph Novak / Flickr / Creative Commons

A company that manufactures a part of wind turbines is laying off employees at its Hutchinson plant.

Officials with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy on Friday announced 140 employees would lose their jobs at its Hutchinson plant in late September.

The Spain-based company says the layoffs were prompted by a reduction in orders.

The Hutchinson News reports the company will employ 190 people after the layoffs.

The company says it is committed to the wind power market and will pursue a capital investment to retool an existing production line in Hutchinson.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen / Kansas News Service

Residents of the Flint Hills on Wednesday took a fight against an oil company to Kansas energy regulators as part of their broader battle to stem wastewater disposal in the area.

They fear that a request from Quail Oil and Gas to jettison up to 5,000 barrels a day of brine near Strong City and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve brings a risk for earthquakes or contamination of local groundwater — claims that the company disputes. 

Kansas Reaches Milestone In Growing Wind Capacity

Jul 27, 2017
Sean Sandefur / KMUW/File photo

Kansas continues to be one of the leading states in renewable energy, especially with wind power.

Kansas is the fifth state to have at least 5000 megawatts of wind power capacity installed. The state is behind California, Oklahoma, Iowa and Texas, which has a capacity of a whopping 21,000 megawatts.

Kansans get 30 percent of their power from wind and solar. California is at 16 percent.

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