Kansas Water Issues Forums in Wichita, Hays

The Kansas Water Issues Forum is an annual event scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 29, in Wichita and Thursday, March 1, in Hays. The theme is Just Add Water: Kansas and the Economy.

Water has always been key to Kansas’ economy, and that is especially true with oil and gas development. This year’s forum will explore the energy development in Kansas, particularly the new technologies of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and its potential impact on water supplies.

The economic boom from the new development is welcome, yet there are questions as to the impacts on water and land. Industry experts and state agencies will present fact based information on this topic.

The forum will also include:

  • Oklahoma’s experiences with the recent boom of the shale gas development
  • How an energy company determines the mix of energy sources to meet future demands
  • What the role of government should be in energy development

The Kansas Water Issue Forums are co-sponsored by the Kansas Water Office and the K-State Kansas Center for Agricultural Resources and the Environment.

Registration is available online at: kwo.org or by mail. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Feb. 22. The $15 registration fee includes a catered lunch and meeting materials.

If accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, notify the KWO at least five working days prior to the meeting.

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