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Kansas commission reviews wastewater well permits

Kansas’ energy-regulating agency is reviewing errors found in oil wastewater permits.

Six wastewater wells were issued permits even though their operators didn’t accurately inform nearby residents that they have a right to protest the wells, KCUR-FM reported.

Companies must publish a notice in a local newspaper to inform residents of the planned well. Residents then have 30 days to protest the well to the Kansas Corporation Commission.

Matfield Green resident Cindy Hoedel discovered the issue. Hoedel, who opposes the wells, discovered that some companies had been incorrectly stating that the protest period is 15 days.

“My next concern, obviously, is how far back does this problem go?” Hoedel said. “Were people not giving the public the proper amount of notice to protest six months ago? Eight months ago? Two years ago? Three years ago?”

The agency’s commissioners are reviewing their legal options, said Linda Berry, a commission spokeswoman.

“We’re looking back at our process to make sure we can prevent anything like that from happening in the future and to remedy anything that has happened,” Berry said.

The wells were located in Cowley, Greenwood, Linn, Miami and Sheridan counties. The commission will ask operators to restart the application process for another 11 wells because they lacked the public notification process.

Companies can dispose of hundreds or thousands of barrels of oil and gas wastewater into the wells per day.


Michael Kort

Republicans are not doing their job ( probably deliberately ), as usual !

You would think that the injection well drillers would have to furnish public proof to the State of
Ks.that notice was made to all, within the required time frame, before being issued a license to go ahead with injection well construction, etc..

What is wrong with this picture ? !

How about rural voters voting these Republicans in, who turn around and potentially risk poisoning their voters groundwater wells or cause earthquakes with injection wells that are probably not exactly carefully monitored by the State of any REALISTIC fashion ?

Raw oil contains carcinogens which probably have contaminated reinjection well waters .

Merrily We Roll Along ! ! !

5 months, 2 weeks ago


P Allen Macfarlane

"...potentially risk poisoning their voters groundwater wells..."

There are no documented cases of contamination of fresh groundwater sources by injection wells. Earthquake hazard is another matter.

5 months, 1 week ago


Michael Kort

Mr. Macfarlane,......try looking up a Scientific American article entitled : Are Fracking Wastewater Wells Poisoning the Ground beneath Our Feet .

This wastewater stuff has even come back up to the surface bubbling up in a dog park in West LA and in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana .

This wastewater is primarily saltwater and what else ? as it has been in contact with raw oil which contains carcinogens .

Stir that salt brine in with a shallow aquifer and that is trouble for well users whether it is a farmer or a small town that loses its' water source

If i remember correctly the aquifer around Douglas Co. is not a real deep one ..

There are people with regular water wells in Pennsylvania, who get unscented raw natural gas out of their faucets because of fracking that can be lit off into flames with a lighter ...........just let the tap and the shower run, until the house blows up !.......but limited liability corporation drillers are hard to sue with large results because the owners hide from personal liability behind the shield of corporate law ,

I think that if the truth be know that it would be that the states and the EPA have done a poor job of tracking wastewater pollution of the groundwater .

A leak from an underground well pipe connected to a huge empty salt dome used to store natural gas that was 7 miles from Hutchinson Ks caused buildings to blow up in town and flames to shoot from the ground next to railroad tracks .

5 months, 1 week ago


Michael Kort

Does this State Commission ever get into looking at properly taken well water samples, done on a regular basis and have them tested for what is actually chemically and biological content in the water from locations around these injection wells ?

A well owner could take those samples themselves if they were taught how to do it and send them somewhere, which is not rocket science .

Most bigger water utilities have the equipment needed to tell the actual chemical molecular composition of molecules of whatever, that are present in water from just about any water source.....and their machines tell the tail automatically thru Chromatography procedures .

This has been around for years and years but barefoot and dumb is the public and where does the state furnish this, pay for this......or better yet, pass the cost of this on to the wastewater injection well operators ?

None of this well testing for safety to drink or bathe today guarantees that what is pumped down today won't come back up on its' own and pollute groundwater aquifers and wells someday here in Douglas County ! .

5 months, 1 week ago


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