The state of Kansas is beginning to experience an influx of shale development activity from expanded activity in several midwestern shale plays.  With limited guidance to date from state government, Kansas cities and counties are evaluating how best to manage the benefits and burdens of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling operations — particularly their effects on overall land use, zoning, and community development.

Columbus associate Jason Yearout has been invited to be a featured and panel speaker for the Kansas Association of County Planning & Zoning Officials’ annual Planning & Zoning Workshop.  Mr. Yearout will share his experiences with the Utica and Marcellus shale plays to address the current state of hydraulic fracturing regulation, as well as what local officials in Kansas reasonably can expect in the months to come. 

The KACPZO program will take place on Saturday, August 18 at the Hotel at Old Town in Wichita, KS.  Schedule and sign-up information for the conference can be found here.