WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) Officials in Wellington expect a huge turnout for a meeting on what an oil boom could mean for the south-central Kansas community.
KWCH-TV reports the informational meeting is taking place at 6:30 p.m. in Wellington’s Memorial Auditorium. As many as 800 people are expected to attend.
Oil isn’t a new industry in south-central Kansas. But new drilling techniques are tapping undiscovered oil fields in other states, and some believe Kansas could be next. Kansas House member Vince Wetta, a Democrat from Wellington, says oil companies are buying up mineral rights all over south-central Kansas with an eye to future drilling.
Monday night’s meeting will look at the pros and cons of what discovery of a new oil field in the Wellington area could mean for the city.