Letter to KCC regarding earthquakes in Hutchinson area
So, after the previous two weeks of earthquakes with an epicenter just outside of Hutchinson – and after hearing from a number of people concerned about this activity – I wrote a letter to the Kansas Corporation Commission and the Kansas Geological Survey, asking them to look into things.
Then, after I had the letter completed, another quake hit Hutchinson on Saturday, March 17. I had to go back in and update the letter with new information. Because, apparently, these earthquakes are happening frequently enough that the ink can’t dry on a letter before another one hits.
This afternoon, I sent this letter via email to the KCC and KGS. I’ll send paper copies tomorrow. Instead of just firing off a letter on my own, I asked the rest of the Reno County delegation if they wanted to sign off on the letter. I’m glad to say that they all did, without question. I’m thankful they did, and think that will let the KCC and KGS know that it’s more than one rogue lawmaker asking for answers.
I don’t want Reno County to end up like southern Kansas, and sort of accept earthquakes as a fact of life. Though we’ve seen more, and more intense quakes lately, I think we can still examine the underlying cause and take some action to curb these things.
I hear from people anytime there’s a quake, and I know it’s creating a lot of concern for a lot of people. I don’t know what the answer is, but I know that we can ask the questions and try to get at the answers.
Here’s the letter: Letter to KCC