The rumbling underneath Harper County, once a rare occurrence, is becoming a frequent experience. Kansas has had more than 120 earthquakes in 2014. A majority of tremors have occurred in Harper County. From Saturday through Tuesday, The News will explore Harper County’s quakes and how scientists are now suspecting that pumping fluids into deep underground wells used to dispose of wastewater can trigger an earthquake.

Drilling for answers

State
  • By SETH BORENSTEIN, KELLY P. KISSEL and SEAN MURPHY Associated Press
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In Oklahoma, now the country's earthquake capital, people are talking nervously about the big one as man-made quakes get stronger, more frequent and closer to major population centers. Next door in Kansas, they're feeling on firmer ground though no one is ready yet to de…

Fracking Wastewater
  • By John Green The Hutchinson News jgreen@hutchnews.com
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The Kansas chapter of the Sierra Club plans to seek legislation in the next few weeks seeking a moratorium on saltwater injection from hydraulic fracturing in south central Kansas in response to earthquakes.

  • By ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press
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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump unveiled a $1.15 trillion budget on Thursday, a far-reaching overhaul of federal government spending that slashes many domestic programs to finance a significant increase in the military and make a down payment on a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Agland
  • By Chris Beyerhelm, Acting Administrator, Farm Service Agency and Leonard Jordan, Acting Chief, Natural Resources Conservation Service
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USDA has learned that Palmer amaranth (Amaranthus palmeri), an invasive weed, may have infested some newly-seeded (2016) conservation plantings across the upper Midwest. Palmer amaranth is highly competitive, and in fact, is the most competitive of the pigweed species. It grows rapidly and one plant can produce a quarter-million seeds.