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) 559-4258 |

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:

  Monday, May 29, 2017   Memorial Day
  Tuesday, July 4, 2017   Independence Day
  Monday, September 4, 2017   Labor Day
  Friday, November 10, 2017   Veterans Day
  Thursday, November 23, 2017   Thanksgiving Day
  Friday, November 24, 2017   Thanksgiving Day
  Monday, December 25, 2017   Christmas

KDHE Geology and Well Technology Fall 2017 Fall Seminar/Tech Fair - August 29-30, 2017

  • Registration for the GWTS Fall 2017 Seminar/Tech Fair is now CLOSED. We have reached the 200 CAP.  A final Confirmation List will be posted the week of July 17-21.
  • No walk ins will be allowed.

Certified Laboratories

Current Topics

Data Base Links



Fracking Regulated by Kansas Corporation Commission



Newletters:   "Underground News"

Oil and Gas

Project Checklists

Regulatory Agenda

  • UHS Agenda
  • 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 2017 Fall Seminar/Tech Fair - August 29-30, 2017 (NEW) Details coming May 1, 2017


Water Resources

Well Diagrams (Properly Constructed)