Flint Hills Stewards Legal Fund

$10,825 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 163 people in 17 months
We are five Kansas women - Cindy Hoedel and Elexa Dawson of Chase County, Karla Jo Grimmett of Morris County, Regina Compernolle of Kansas City and Katherine Kelly of Kansas City and Chase County - taking on an oil & gas company that wants to inject toxic fracking wastewater into the Flint Hills, the largest stand of virgin tallgrass prairie in North America.
We are the official protestants on the docket who requested a hearing with the Kansas Corporation Commission about a proposed wastewater injection well in Morris County near Diamond Springs, a spot named for crystal-clear drinking water sources. The proposed site is 14 miles from the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and 100 miles from Wolf Creek nuclear power plant.
Scientists say a complicated network of faults, including numerous surface cracks, make Diamond Springs a high-risk site  for injection because of the likelihood of triggering earthquakes.
The US Geological Survey says wastewater injection - not fracking - is causing the earthquakes rattling Kansas and Oklahoma.
In less than a decade, the average number of earthquakes per year in Kansas has jumped from less than 3 to more than 900 .
Some states, such as Ohio, have banned deep injection wells near fault lines.
Please help us protect Kansas from manmade earthquakes and threats to fresh water.
Your donation will be used to pay for the attorney we have engaged, Bob Eye of Lawrence.  The hearing is June 15, our pre-filed testimony is due May 10.
Donations will be deposited into a bank account in Cindy's name, separate from her personal account. Checks will be made out to the lawyer at the end of each month until the hearing and any appeal are concluded.
Any money left after the legal bills are paid will be donated to the Fracking Committee of Kansas Sierra Club; they were our first donor.
We are deeply grateful for your help.
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Finally - our hearing is 9 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 16 in Topeka, at the Kansas Corporation Commission office, 1500 SW Arrowhead St - very easy to get to on the northside of town with ample parking. No idea how long it will last 3-6 hours maybe. Legislators and donors are coming from Kansas City, Wichita and the Flint Hills to show support. The hearing is open to the public but only witnesses who have pre-filed testimony in writing will be able to speak. Whenever the hearing is out, we will gather for food and drinks at a nearby spot to meet each other and visit. We hope you can make it, and thank you for all your support!
Diamond Creek tributary, Morris County
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Flint Hills Stewards Legal Fund picnic July 9

Our hearing has been postponed till 9 a.m. Aug. 16 at KCC headquarters in Topeka, but our donor appreciation picnic is still on!

Join us for a BYO Picnic at historic Diamond Spring on the Santa Fe Trail, just a few miles from the proposed wastewater injection well site. The spring is on private land, and the owners have allowed us to gather there.

Come and meet other cool people who love the Flint Hills and enjoy a the stunning natural beauty of the headwaters of Diamond Creek. Taste the cool, clear, water from Diamond Spring. Build in extra time to drive around the area - the roads are rough gravel but the scenery is amazing.

When: Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9th (rain date Sunday July 16)
Where: Diamond Creek Ranch, 1830 S 2200 Rd, Wilsey, KS 66873

What to bring:
Blanket and/or chairs
Picnic basket and/or cooler with whatever you like to eat and drink.
Refillable bottle and reusable, plates, utensils and napkins if you have some. (Plastic water bottles and disposable paper and plastic ware are discouraged; if you use them, plan to pack out your own trash)
Toilet paper (or plan a stop at a gas station or restaurant before you arrive - no bathroom on site)
Hat, sunscreen, bug repellent might be good.

What will be provided:
5-gallon jugs of water and iced tea.
Extra reusable cups and napkins to borrow and a tub with water for rinsing dishes.

Directions from KCMO/TOPEKA: I-70 west to I-335 south to US-56 west. South on 2200 Road. After a couple of miles, look for the high pole gate of DIAMOND CREEK RANCH on the right.

Directions from southern KC metro area: I-35 south to KS-68 west at Ottawa, follow KS-268 west/ KS-31 to US-56 west at Osage City. After Council Grove, go south on 2200 Road. After a couple of miles, look for the high pole gate of DIAMOND CREEK RANCH on the right.

Directions from Wichita: I-135 north to Newton, KS-50 east and US-56 east. Go south on 2200 Road. After a couple of miles, look for the high pole gate of DIAMOND CREEK RANCH on the right.

Directions from Chase County: KS-177 north to Council Grove, then west on US-56. Go south on 2200 Road. After a couple of miles, look for the high pole gate of DIAMOND CREEK RANCH on the right.

Parking: Off the driveway on either side; leave plenty of room for trucks and farm equipment to pass; do not drive past the historic marker on the left side past the barn. Plan on hiking a couple hundred yards from your car to the spring.

We hope you can come!
Cindy Hoedel, Karla Jo Grimmett, Elexa Dawson, Katherine Kelly, Regina Compernolle
Historic Diamond Spring on SantaFe Trail
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NEW hearing date on the Diamond Springs, Morris County toxic wastewater injection well: 9 a.m. Wed. Aug. 16, KCC office, 1500 SW Arrowhead Rd, Topeka, first floor hearing room.
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Hi, and THANK YOU to everyone who tried to send an email to Kansas Corporation Commission to protest the latest proposed toxic wastewater injection wells in tiny, rural Greenwood County. If your email protest, like most, was rejected, print your rejected letter, SIGN IT, and mail to KCC, Conservation Division, 266 N. Main St., Ste. 220, Wichita, KS or see the Flint Hills Stewards FB page for instructions on using the KCC e-filing express portal to upload a PDF of your letter. A template is there if you haven't yet written a letter. #persist
Nevertheless, we persist!
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Nick Blessing
17 months ago
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The ESU Green Party is holding a demonstration to speak out against the injection well on campus April 25. https://www.facebook.com/events/293097051128558/

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Jarred Leis
6 months ago

Do you people need an entry level geology lesson on injection wells and well construction I will gladly offer a free lesson (I'm a geologist).

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Sami Aaron
15 months ago

I sent an email, following your format, to Rene Stucky and received this reply: "Thank you for your email regarding Cross Bow Energy’s application. The requirements to file a protest and serve it on the appropriate parties are very specific. Your email correspondence does not meet them. The requirements to file and serve a protest are outlined in the regulations copied below. I have also provided a link to the Commission’s precedential Amended Order Authorizing Use of Electronic Filing in Docket No. 14-GIMX-208-MIS. If you have any additional questions, please contact me via telephone at 316-337-6223." Then there are paragraphs of how to protest properly against the granting of an application...

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Lee Anne Coester
15 months ago

I sent a letter to Rene which will make it before the deadline. I hope to be in Topeka for the hearing on the 29th - just another warm body!

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Cindy Hoedel
17 months ago

Thank you, Nick Blessing! At least two of us are going to try to make it to your event. Thank you for organizing!

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Kathy Lillich
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Thank you for fighting the good fight!

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Tom Green
15 months ago

Diana Griffin Ennis made me do it.

Nick Blessing
17 months ago
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The ESU Green Party is holding a demonstration to speak out against the injection well on campus April 25. https://www.facebook.com/events/293097051128558/

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Jarred Leis
6 months ago

Do you people need an entry level geology lesson on injection wells and well construction I will gladly offer a free lesson (I'm a geologist).

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Sami Aaron
15 months ago

I sent an email, following your format, to Rene Stucky and received this reply: "Thank you for your email regarding Cross Bow Energy’s application. The requirements to file a protest and serve it on the appropriate parties are very specific. Your email correspondence does not meet them. The requirements to file and serve a protest are outlined in the regulations copied below. I have also provided a link to the Commission’s precedential Amended Order Authorizing Use of Electronic Filing in Docket No. 14-GIMX-208-MIS. If you have any additional questions, please contact me via telephone at 316-337-6223." Then there are paragraphs of how to protest properly against the granting of an application...

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Lee Anne Coester
15 months ago

I sent a letter to Rene which will make it before the deadline. I hope to be in Topeka for the hearing on the 29th - just another warm body!

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Cindy Hoedel
17 months ago

Thank you, Nick Blessing! At least two of us are going to try to make it to your event. Thank you for organizing!

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