Resources on Hydraulic Fracturing
The KGS presents these links to help people learn about hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells.
From the Kansas Geological Survey
- Public Information Circular 32
- Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil and Gas Wells in Kansas, by Daniel R. Suchy and K. David Newell
- Note to GMD 3
- Water Quality and Hydraulic Fracturing, by Donald O. Whittemore (with input from other KGS staff). Developed originally in response to a question from Southwest Groundwater Management District No. 3
From other Kansas organizations
- From Kansas Corporation Commission
- Testimony on Hydraulic Fracturing to Joint Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy, by Doug Louis, Conservation Division Director, September 9, 2011. (Acrobat PDF, 160 kB)
- From Kansas Water Office
- How is Water Used in Oil & Gas Exploration in Kansas?
- From Kansas Department of Commerce
- Kansas Oil and Gas Activity in the Mississippian Lime Play
From other organizations
- Geological Society of America
- GSA Critical Issue: Hydraulic Fracturing (updated June 2015)
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Frequently Asked Questions on Hydraulic Fracturing (Acrobat PDF, 6 MB)
- National Ground Water Association
- Water Wells in Proximity to Oil and Gas Development: What You Need to Know. Published August 2012, by NGWA. (Acrobat PDF, 6 MB)
- Association of American State Geologists
- Statement on Hydraulic Fracturing. Published July 20, 2012, by AASG. (Acrobat PDF, 2 MB)
- Pacific Institute
- Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction, by Heather Cooley and Kristina Donnelly. Published June 2012, by Pacific Institute .
- National Academy of Sciences
- Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies--Report in Brief, by Committee on Induced Seismicity Potential in Energy Technologies. Published June 2012, by National Academy of Sciences. Also available is the full report.
- From SPE, Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Hydraulic Fracturing 101, by George E. King of Apache Corporation, copyright 2012 by Society of Petroleum Engineers. (Acrobat PDF, 7 MB)
- From National Ground Water Association
- Position Paper, Nov. 1, 2011. (Acrobat PDF, 92 kB)
- From U.S. Dept. of Energy
- Improving the Safety & Environmental Performance of Hydraulic Fracturing, reports from the Natural Gas Subcommittee, Nov. 18, 2011
- FracFocus, a joint project of the Ground Water Protection Council and the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission.
- U. S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Plan to Study the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources, Office of Research and Development, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., November 2011, EPA/600/R-11/122. (Acrobat PDF, 2.1 MB)
- Earth Magazine
- Managing the seismic risk posed by wastewater disposal, by Mark D. Zoback, Professor of Geophysics at Stanford University. Published April 17, 2012, by American Geosciences Institute
The Kansas Geological Survey provides these links as a convenience to users; these listings should not be taken as endorsements.