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Hydraulic Fracturing (Hydrofracking): Kansas

A legal resource guide for information relating to hydrofracking including primary and secondary source materials, quick links, and database resources.


Hydraulic fracturing is active in Kansas. Many wells have been drilled in the state using the horizontal drilling technique. Kansas does regulate hydraulic fracturing and requires that companies disclose the chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing fluid along with surface pipe regulations, production casing regulations, well-cementing requirements, well spacing requirements, and permitting of the injection wells used for disposal of flowback water. Some attribute the increase in earthquakes in the state over the past several years to activity from hydraulic fracturing and the state created a task force to study induced seismicity. A lot of fracking occurs in the Mississippian Shale.

The Kansas Corporation Commission is responsible for overseeing fracking activities in the state.


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