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Panel Hears Testimony On Kansas Quakes

21 Jan 2014

Associated Press

Geologists told a Kansas House committee that more seismic monitoring in the state could help determine if hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is connected to earthquakes.

Rex Buchanan, interim director of the Kansas Geological Survey, testified before the House Energy and Environment Committee that no evidence exists that the fracturing of rocks deep beneath the earth's surface was producing earthquakes that can be felt.

"It is always difficult to know what is a natural and what is a man-made event," Buchanan said.

Legislators heard the testimony for information purposes. There is no pending legislation that would further regulate fracking. A working group of officials with the Kansas Corporation Commission, KGS and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is developing a draft plan of response to possible causes of increased seismic activity.

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