20-years since gas explosions, reflections on a scary time in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Rex Buchanan, retired from the Kansas Geological Survey noted that several things all came together to allow for the gas explosions in the city of Hutchinson on January 17 and 18, 2001.

“I looked at some of those old maps of Hutch in that process,” Buchanan said. “Maps of where those old drill holes were that people knew about. That didn’t count the ones they didn’t know about. It was…everybody will use that Swiss cheese analogy and that was really true, there were holes all over the place that allowed that gas to do what it did.”…Read More

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