Home / Tag Archives: Kansas

Tag Archives: Kansas

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 ...

Read More »

For earthquake study, Kansas extends limits on wastewater from drilling

State officials on Thursday extended oil-waste dumping rules that were put in place to try to reduce earthquakes in southern Kansas oil fields. The main idea: Scientists have identified underground disposal of drilling wastewater as a probable cause of the earthquakes that have rattled homes and nerves in Harper and Sumner counties south of Wichita since 2013. In March, the ...

Read More »

US rig count declines by 14 this week to 795

oil pump jack

HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. this week declined by 14 to 795. It was the sixth consecutive week of declines. Houston’s Baker Hughes said Friday that 605 rigs were seeking oil and 189 explored for natural gas. One was listed as miscellaneous. ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

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 ...

Read More »

Kansas Geological Survey says earthquake problem continues

WICHITA, Kan. — A reduction in the number of earthquakes rattling southern Kansas should not make anyone complacent about studying the problem, according to the head of the Kansas Geological Survey. Oil-waste regulations that seem to have contributed to lowering the number of earthquakes are set to expire Sept. 13. But Rex Buchanan said this week at a seminar that ...

Read More »

Kansas earthquake decline coincides with injection rate reductions

seismograph

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 ...

Read More »

Oklahoma court rules earthquake victim can sue oil companies

WASHINGTON – An Oklahoma woman who was injured when an earthquake rocked her home in 2011 can sue oil companies for damages, the state’s highest court ruled on Tuesday, opening the door to other potential lawsuits against the state’s energy companies. Oklahoma has experienced a dramatic spike in earthquakes in the last five years, and researchers have blamed the oil and ...

Read More »

Magnitude 3.3 earthquake shakes part of northern Oklahoma

TONKAWA, Okla. — Parts of northern Oklahoma have been shaken by an earthquake. The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude 3.3 temblor was recorded at 10:20 a.m. Sunday less than 11 miles southeast of Tonkawa in Kay County near the Kansas border. Geologists say the quake was recorded at a depth of about two miles. No damage or injuries were ...

Read More »