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Letter to the editor: Deny disposal plan

To the editor:

We have a proposal active to dispose of wastewater from fracking in Douglas County. This should be denied. City and county officials should strongly oppose it. While fracking does not directly cause earthquakes, disposal of the wastewater from fracking has been shown to do so, coincidentally in a new paper from researchers at the University of Colorado published last week in the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Many of us felt an earthquake last year that happened in Oklahoma. How will it feel if it comes from inside Douglas County? UC studies indicate that earthquakes triggered by wastewater injection can occur at least within 10 miles of the injection site, and of course can be felt much farther away.

Let’s not let our appetite for nonrenewable, carbon-based fossil fuel energy add more to our list of problems. We don’t need either chicken parts or fracking waste chemicals in our groundwater.

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P Allen Macfarlane

"We don’t need either chicken parts or fracking waste chemicals in our groundwater."

There are no documented cases of saltwater injection into deep wells directly causing groundwater contamination. I am not sure about leakage from wastewater ponds associated with fracking causing contamination. That may be a different matter.

I am not an advocate for fracking or deep-well disposal of waste, but I do advocate for not raising fear levels for things that are unlikely to happen.

1 week, 5 days ago

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Bob Reinsch

If it's safe, why can't we just dump it at the estates of oil company executives? Charlie Koch has swimming people at his place in Wichita. If it's safe, put it in his backyard.

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Richard Heckler

Hear hear !!!!!

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Richard Heckler

Koch Industries has become a financial kingpin of climate science denial and clean energy opposition.

This private, out-of-sight corporation is now a partner to Exxon Mobil, the American Petroleum Institute and other donors that support organizations and front-groups opposing progressive clean energy and climate policy.

In fact, Koch has out-spent Exxon Mobil in funding these groups in recent years. From 2005 to 2008, Exxon Mobil spent $8.9 million while the Koch Industries-controlled foundations contributed $24.9 million in funding to organizations of the climate denial machine.

This report, “Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine” documents roughly 40 climate denial and opposition organizations receiving Koch foundation grants in recent years, including:

http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2010...

Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org

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Michael Kort

There are actually REAL CONSCERNS related to injection wells and here is a link to an article in Scientific American ( not a comic book ) on the subject fracking and injection wells for those who's minds are not already made up based on a lack of information......but gee.....I don't want to scare anyone unnecessarily .

https://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...

BTW There was a well attached to an empty salt dome formation near Hutchinson that was being used to store natural gas inside of that dome, which started to leak causing buildings that were miles away to litteraly explode in Hutchinson and fires to appear out of the ground near railroad tracks miles away from that well pipe. .

But fracking and injection wells do cause problems that are poorly monitored nation wide and by the time that one finds out about water contamination it could be at the great risk of damage already done to your health !

We live in a state that no longer funds the county inspections of simple septic tanks in rural areas that can cause water born illnesses to spread.

The State of Ks Is oblivious to obvious issues of public health .

Is there a state agency that actually monitors on a reasonable ongoing basis well waters from areas where injection wells are operating ?

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Charles L. Bloss, Jr.

I agree, no wastewater injection back into our ground.

1 week, 4 days ago

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