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Posted on: June 4, 2012

Regional oil and gas symposium set for June 19 in Dodge City

The Dodge City/Ford County Development Corp. will host a day-long conference on June 19 on current and future oil and gas activity in the Mississippian Lime Play (MLP), covering parts of western and south central Kansas. The region was considered tapped out by vertical drilling decades ago, but refinements to a technique called hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) has the potential to significantly increase oil and gas activity in the state.

WHAT: Symposium on oil and gas, sponsored by the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corp., along with United Wireless, Western Beverage, Dodge City Medical Center, Western Plains Medical Complex, Dodge City Sand Co. and JAG Construction.

The symposium is meant to bring area communities together impacted by oil and gas activity and hear feedback from experts in the industry.

WHEN/WHERE: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., June 19, Magouirk Conference Center, 4100 West Comanche, Dodge City, Kan. 67801.

WHO: Community officials from Oklahoma and North Dakota, as well as company representatives. Panel discussions will focus on housing, education and public safety; public infrastructure and healthcare; and workforce issues. Panelists include Eric Benson, city manager, Enid, Okla.; Doug Haines, assistant city manager, Woodward, Okla.; Shawn Kessel, city manager, Dickinson, N.D.; and Dennis Johnson, mayor of Dickinson. Other Kansas community and state officials also will be present.

In addition, James Roller of Chesapeake Energy will give an overview of horizontal fracturing.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Registration is free, but participants should RSVP to the Dodge City/Ford County Development Corp. by June 13 at or call (620) 227-9501. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hampton Inn, 4002 W Comanche St., near the conference center under “City of Dodge City.” Call (620) 225-0000 for room reservations.

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