Kent Roth attends 66th Annual Southwest Kansas Royalty Owners meeting in Hugoton, Kansas.

A great meeting was held at the Hugoton High School Auditorium. Dr. Jana Milford a Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Colorado spoke on “Air quality impacts of Oil & Gas Production”. Much of the oil and gas in Colorado is located near the largest urban area, Denver, so that State assigns the best and brightest to minimize the adverse impact on the environment. She confirmed my understanding it is much better to flare natural gas than simply allow escape into the atmosphere. Best of all reduce waste and leakage to the extent possible. The Lesser Prairie Chicken industry response in the five affected States has been to join a range-wide conservation plan, a company participates by payment of an enrollment fee which funds habitat management activities which include purchasing conservation easements from landowners to protect or restore grassland habitat for the birds. Companies that enroll in the plan get assurances that their business activities may continue after the listing as a threatened species goes into effect May 12. The State of Kansas and Oklahoma are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Federal Court claiming the decision to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act should have been delayed.

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