Much of the state’s oil and gas industry will gather this week to learn more about a recent federal ruling on the lesser prairie chicken.
The Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association will hold its 77th annual meeting starting Sunday evening and running through Tuesday at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel at the Wichita Airport. More than 1,000 members are expected to attend.
One of the most anticipated events will feature the attorney who represents multiple oil and gas associations, including KIOGA, in a lawsuit against the federal government over regulations to protect the lesser prairie chicken, and two members of a consultancy who will discuss best practices on how to operate under federal restrictions on drilling in the bird’s habitat.
“I think that session will be very well attended,” said Ed Cross, president of KIOGA.
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The group will hear from Gov. Sam Brownback about his plan to grow the state’s economy during a breakfast Monday, followed by a talk from former U.S. Army Chief of Staff George Casey on how to effectively manage risk. Also on Monday morning, convention-goers will hear from the Kansas congressional delegation, which will talk about the political outlook in Washington, D.C.
And NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer will drop in for a meet-and-greet session at the convention on Monday evening.
In addition to other sessions, also planned are a trade show, cocktail parties, a golf tournament, a sporting clays tournament, a gin rummy tournament and a tour of homes.