Environmental issues

Acid mine drainage in Cherokee County
Acid mine drainage from an abandoned mine in Cherokee County.


Research at the Kansas Geological Survey focuses primarily on energy, water, and the environment and addresses natural resource challenges facing the state of Kansas.

KGS scientists study practical matters, such as the safe storage of industry-emitted CO2 deep underground, and offer expertise and advice on environmental hazards and other natural resource issues. Over the years, KGS scientists investigated a natural gas explosion that killed two people and destroyed businesses in Hutchinson, consulted on water quality and environmental hazards associated with cleaning up mining operations in the state, and evaluated radon potential across Kansas.

The wealth of geologic information available from the KGS helps policy makers and individuals make decisions about the use of our natural resources.


Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide in Kansas: Kansas Geological Survey Public Information Circular 27.

The Geology of Radon in Kansas: Kansas Geological Survey Public Information Circular 25.

The Hutchinson Gas Explosions: Unraveling a Geologic Mystery (pdf) by M. Lee Allison, Kansas Geological Survey (Kansas Bar Association, 26th annual KBA/KIOGA Oil and Gas Law Conference, 2001)

Hutchinson Response Project