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Expert: Fracking restrictions coincide with lesser quakes

TOPEKA, Kan. — A state geologist says a limit on the injection of saltwater into the ground by oil producers coincided with less intense earthquakes in south-central Kansas. Interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey Rex Buchanan says the reduction in earthquakes’ magnitudes mirrored the adoption of the Kansas Corporation Commission’s injection restraints in March. But he says a drop ...

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Another small earthquake rattles south-central Kansas

CALDWELL, Kan. — Another small earthquake has shaken south-central Kansas. The Kansas Geological Survey says the latest quake struck Saturday night near the small Sumner County town of Caldwell. It had a preliminary magnitude of 2.5. At least one earthquake a day has rattled the area since Tuesday, with magnitudes ranging from 2.2 to 3.1. More than 200 earthquakes have ...

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Geologist: Earthquakes linked to saltwater injection

TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Geological Survey believes an increase in earthquakes in two southern Kansas counties is linked to saltwater injection after oil and natural gas drilling, according to an agency scientist. The agency had said in the past that there was a “reasonable probability” that injection wells were linked to an uptick in earthquakes in Harper and Sumner ...

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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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State official links earthquakes to disposal of waste

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — A state group says a steep increase in earthquakes in south-central Kansas likely is caused by the disposal of waste water from an oil and gas extraction process often called fracking. The state recorded more than 120 earthquakes last year, up from zero in 2012. State officials have hesitated to link the earthquakes to fracking, or hydraulic ...

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