Geology & Well Technology Section

Mike Cochran, Professional Geologist
Chief, Geology & Well Technology Section
1000 SW Jackson St., Suite 420
Topeka, KS 66612-1367
Office:  (785) 296-5560
Fax:  (785) 296-5509

Geology & Well Technology Section Staff

  • Mailing Address:  KDHE - Geology & Well Technology Section, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 420, Topeka, KS 66612-1367

General Information

The Geology & Well Technology Section within the Bureau of Water administers the Underground Injection Control (UIC), the Underground Hydrocarbon Salt Cavern Storage, and Water Well Licensing, Water Well Construction and Abandonment Programs.  These programs protect public health and safety, and the environment.  The UIC Program regulates injection well activities.  Injection well activities include the disposal of industrial wastes into deep geologic formations, the solution mining of salt formations, and the shallow injection of non-hazardous fluids below the land surface.  The Underground Hydrocarbon Salt Cavern Storage Program regulates the storage of hydrocarbons, including liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gas, in salt caverns formed by solutioning in the Hutchinson Salt.  The program also regulates the brine ponds associated with the underground storage facilities.  The Water Well Program regulates water well contractor licensing, water well construction, and water well abandonment.  The Geology and Well Technology Section also provides hydrogeological and technical support for other programs in the Bureau of Water.

Directions to KDHE and Visitor Parking

Schedule of Office Closings:

  Veterans Day   November 11, 2015
  Thanksgiving Day   November 26, 2015
    November 27, 2015
  Christmas   December 24, 2015
    December 25, 2015

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Current Topics

Data Base Links



Fracking Regulated by Kansas Corporation Commission



Newletters:   "Underground News"

Oil and Gas

Project Checklists

Regulatory Agenda

  • UHS
  • UIC - none at this time
  • Water Well - none at this time



Upcoming Seminars, Expos, Conferences, Workshops and Training Sessions

  • KDHE Geology and Well Technology Fall 2015 Seminar - Thursday, September 3, 2015
    • Agenda and PRESENTATIONS 9/8/2015
  • KDHE Logging and Tests - Wednesday - September 2, 2015

Water Resources

Well Diagrams (Properly Constructed)