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ONEOK to invest $1.4B in natural gas infrastructure

ONEOK, Inc. announced plans to invest approximately $1.4 billion to construct a new pipeline, and related infrastructure, to transport natural gas liquids (NGLs) from the Rocky Mountain region to the company’s existing Mid-Continent NGL facilities. The Elk Creek Pipeline – an approximately 900-mile, 20-inch diameter pipeline that is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 – will have ...

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Kansas cuts higher education amid disappointing revenues

Kansas cuts higher education amid disappointing revenues

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Gov. Sam Brownback cut Kansas’ higher education spending Tuesday after the state’s tax collections fell $54 million short of expectations in February. The lower-than-anticipated revenues last month left the state facing a small deficit in its current budget, for the fiscal year ending June 30. The Department of Revenue’s report on monthly tax collections came ...

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Kansas earthquake decline coincides with injection rate reductions

Earthquakes in Kansas have decreased since the Kansas Corporation Commission ordered oil companies in two southern counties to reduce the amount of saltwater they inject back into the ground, a state official said Friday. But it’s too soon to tell whether the decrease is a direct result of the KCC mandate, said Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological ...

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How rules are shaking out: Quakes seem fewer since limits; KCC says ‘it’s too early’ to tell

As of last Friday, it had been 11 days since an earthquake rattled south-central Kansas. A year ago, that might not have seemed remarkable, but the last time it occurred was actually more than nine months ago, at the end of June 2014, according to U.S. Geological Survey figures. Since September, the region has experienced an average of 17 quakes ...

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Kansas utilities regulator orders disposal well reduction

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas has ordered drilling operations in two counties to cut back on a practice that may be causing earthquakes. The Kansas Corporation Commission issued the order Thursday. It requires drillers in five areas in Harper and Sumner counties in south-central Kansas to reduce the amount of water they inject into underground wells as a part of their ...

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Editorial: Prairie chicken plight

The population decline of the lesser prairie chicken cannot be denied, and preserving the species is a necessity. But the potential economic disaster it could cause, especially in western Kansas, begs that the threatened status be continued and not upgraded to endangered. In 2013, there were only 18,000 prairie chickens, down 50 percent from the year before. That prompted the ...

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Study: Oklahoma’s daily small quakes raise risk of big ones

SAN JOSE, California — Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates. This once stable region is now just as likely to see serious damaging and potentially harmful earthquakes as the highest risk places east of the Rockies such as New Madrid, ...

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SandRidge cutting rig count by 75 percent

HOUSTON – SandRidge Energy Inc <SD.N>, a U.S. oil and gas producer, plans to slash its rig count in Oklahoma and Kansas by about 75 percent to eight rigs, according to a document obtained by Reuters. The cuts, to be implemented through early April, may amount to what is arguably the most significant pullback in well drilling by a publicly ...

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Kansas geologists ask for more funding amid earthquake spike

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas geologists say they need more funding to investigate an unprecedented spike in earthquakes in the state. Kansas Geological Survey Director Rex Buchanan told the House Energy and Environment Committee on Monday that about half a million dollars is needed to beef up seismic monitoring. The agency has recorded 206 earthquakes since Jan. 1, 2013, after detecting ...

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