Underground Hydrocarbon Storage (UHS)

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The Underground Hydrocarbon Storage (UHS) Unit administers the Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and the Natural Gas (NG) Storage Programs for the purpose of protecting public health, safety, and the environment.  The UHS Unit also regulates the construction, operation, and closure of brine ponds associated with the LPG storage facilities. 

Storage caverns are formed by injecting fresh water through wells into the Hutchinson Salt Formation to dissolve the salt and form caverns.  Although both LPG and NG are stored in the underground salt caverns, different methods are used to transfer the product.  Brine is used to transfer product in a LPG (ethane, propane, butane, and natural gas liquids) storage cavern.  The LPG floats on top of the denser brine.  The LPG is moved in and out of the cavern by injecting or withdrawing brine.  The brine is stored in brine ponds to ensure availability of brine for product transfer. 

The NG (methane) is not stored as a liquid. The NG storage wells operate at higher pressures and brine is not used to transfer the product.

Section 1:  LIQUID PETROLEUM GAS (LPG)

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UHS Reporting Requirements

Section 2:  Natural Gas (NG)

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Regulations

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Procedures

Natural Gas Reporting Requirements

Section 3:  Crude Oil (CO)

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Regulations

 

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Contact Information:

Rick Bean, Unit Chief, (785) 296-7254
Jeffrey Hand, Environmental Scientist II, (785) 296-7265
Fax:  (785) 296-5509
Mailing Address:  KDHE - Geology, 1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 420, Topeka, KS 66612-1367

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