The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association's annual convention, set to begin Sunday in Wichita, will have a heavy focus on federal issues and climate change.
The convention runs through Tuesday and will be at the Hilton Wichita Airport.
KIOGA president Ed Cross said the hot topics at the convention will be the Obama administration's energy spending plan and federal issues surrounding hydraulic fracturing.
On Monday, the convention will feature a panel discussion that will include Sens. Sam Brownback and Pat Roberts, and Reps. Lynn Jenkins and Todd Tiahrt. They will discuss current and future energy policy in Congress.
Guest speakers will include Tony Blankley, former speechwriter and senior policy analyst to President Reagan, who will speak at the Monday morning breakfast, and Steven Milloy, founder of JunkScience.com, who will present his speech, "Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can do to Stop Them," at a luncheon that same day.
Cross said the convention will feature industry-specific sessions on topics such as the effects of health care reform on oil and gas companies as well as new seismic technology.
A trade show will also be held during the convention.
Cross said attendance at this year's event is expected to be between 800 and 900 people. It will be KIOGA's 73rd annual convention.
"We're busting at the seams out there but it's a good problem to have," Cross said.