KCC: Over 400 Flint Hills injection wells wrongly permitted Featured

The Kansas Corporation Commission says nearly 80 injection well applications impacting better than 400 wells were improperly permitted since 2008. The Kansas Corporation Commission says nearly 80 injection well applications impacting better than 400 wells were improperly permitted since 2008. American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists graphic

Hundreds of injection wells in the Flint Hills did not go through the proper public notice period before permits were approved.


A recent report from staff at the Kansas Corporation Commission says over 4,300 injection permits and amendments have been filed since October 2008, when the protest period for filed applications was expanded from 15 days to 30 days. However, there have been just under 1,100 applications for injection authority affecting over 2,100 wells that saw applications published within the 15-day period. Of those, over 1,000 applications were approved.

The breakdown, according to information from the KCC:

*Lyon County: 1 application
*Chase County: 0 applications
*Coffey County: 61 applications involving 394 wells
*Greenwood County: 13 applications involving 14 wells
*Morris County: 1 application
*Osage County: 1 application
*Wabaunsee County: 1 application

Director Linda Berry tells KVOE News the KCC has opened a general investigation to get answers on how this happened and to determine how to proceed with the applications in question.

Injection wells have become a controversial subject in the Flint Hills, especially after a well was approved near the Humboldt fault zone in Morris County last year. Concerns have been increasing about the potential link between injection well activity and earthquakes, and the United States Geological Survey has said the wells are the probable cause for a recent upwsing in seismic activity in central Kansas.

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