DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) - A daylong conference on oil and gas activity in parts of western and south-central Kansas will be held June 19 in Dodge City.
The Kansas Department of Commerce says the region was considered to have been tapped out by vertical drilling. But the agency says hydraulic fracturing - also known as fracking - has the potential to increase oil and gas activity significantly.
The free symposium is intended to bring together people from communities affected by drilling and let them hear from industry experts.
Panel discussions will focus on housing, education and public safety; public infrastructure and health care; and workforce issues. Panelists will include community officials from Oklahoma and North Dakota. An executive of Chesapeake Energy will give an overview of horizontal fracturing.