Effects of Hutchinson, Kan., gas leak can be worldwide

A January uncontrolled escape of natural gas and brine from an underground salt storage cavern is having worldwide consequences for underground hydrocarbon storage operations, OGJ Online reported last month.The gas apparently escaped from underground storage and erupted in Hutchinson, Kan., killing two residents. The incident put a solution mining operation on hold in the UK and prompted German regulators to seek more information on such activity, according to Joe L. Ratigan, of Sofregaz US Inc., Houston. He spoke as representative of Hutchinson at a hearing by the Kansas Senate Utilities Committee in March."This really catches a lot of people's attention. There has never been a failu...

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