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FHSU to host gas, oil industry meeting this week





Fort Hays State University is gearing up to host the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association mid-year meeting.

"The association exists to help support small oil and gas producers," said Hendratta Ali, assistant professor of geosciences. "Small companies need more of a support system than the bigger companies."

The meeting provides companies with the opportunity to showcase the latest products and services available to the oil and gas industry. Companies and individuals will have the opportunity to share experiences, ideas and challenges with policy-makers and various leaders in the oil and gas industry.

"The goal is to promote education throughout the field and help start petroleum projects," Ali said. "Also, they aim to help small, independent producers work better and use the resources available to them."

The KIOGA conference rotates throughout the state, and the last was in Hays in 2008.

"I speculate they are coming back because Ellis County is one of the bigger oil and gas producing counties in the state," Ali said. "A lot of people around here do oil and gas exploration, and with the university, we have a group of young people who are interested in the field."

Ali works within the petroleum geology concentration, which is relatively new to FHSU, but Ali said it is the fastest-growing area within the geosciences.

"There are around 50 students in the petroleum aspect," Ali said. "We're really pleased and appreciative of the people who pushed for this."

The conference will begin Wednesday with a tour of Gella's Diner & Lb Brewing Co. Participants will hear from numerous speakers addressing business development needs Thursday.

For more information, contact Ali at h_ali@fhsu.edu.