Permits for wells continue despite alleged infractions


National News

August 31, 2018 - 11:00 PM

TOPEKA — A Lawrence attorney has alleged that Kansas energy regulators are continuing to allow oil and gas drillers to file applications for injection-well permits without providing adequate public notice, even as those regulators were conducting an investigation into complaints that the regulators have not been enforcing legal public notice requirements for the last 10 years.

Robert Eye is an attorney representing the Kansas Sierra Club, Douglas County and five individuals before the Kansas Corporation Commission. They have said that the KCC has issued more than 2,000 permits for injection wells throughout Kansas dating back to 2008 after giving the public only 15 days in which to file protests instead of the federally required 30 days.

“The remedy that we’ve asked for in that investigation docket is to have all the permits that were issued on a defective published notice to be revoked and to have the holders of those permits reapply under a proper notice,” Eye said in an interview Thursday.

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