Brownback Names Taskforce On Seismic Activity

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

Topeka, Kan (WIBW) – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback named a state task force to study and develop a State Action Plan for possible 'Induced Seismicity' related to oil and gas activities in Kansas. 'Induced Seismicity' refers to minor earthquakes resulting from human activity.

“This is a matter of public safety,” said Governor Brownback. “Recent seismic activity in south-central Kansas has raised concerns that fluid injection might be related. I have asked the task force to study the issue and report back with a State Action Plan.”

The task force consists of: Rex Buchanan, Interim Director, Kansas Geological Survey, Kim Christiansen, Executive Director, Kansas Corporation Commission, Mike Tate, Chief, Bureau of Water, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

"There is data that point to a possible correlation between fluid injection and seismic activity,” Buchanan said. “We need to assess that data, get more information through seismic monitoring, and understand why the area has experienced increased seismic activity recently."

Oil and gas generates nearly $4.3 billion in spending each year, and employs 118,000 Kansas. The plan includes an assessment of Kansas’ seismic monitoring capabilities to determine if additional resources are needed to accomplish better monitoring.

The task force will hold a meeting with invited industry and stakeholders on April 16 at Wichita State University

Information is available through the Kansas Corporation Commission.


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