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Resource ID: #18948
Subject: Disasters
Source: KWCH-TV (Wichita, KS)
Date: 2001-01-17



KWCH-TV reports on gas leaks at Yaggy Field in Reno County, Kansas, which are believed to be responsible for two explosions in Hutchinson. "Gas has been escaping from the field for several years and the owner has known it," the investigation reveals. Documents from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, received through an FOI request, showed that the pressure in one of the wells had been dropping but the inspectors did not report this to the state until after the explosions. Another major finding is that, "while Kansas had more underground natural gas storage wells than any other state, it had only two inspectors, far fewer than any other state."

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