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Oil exploration set for Arkansas City

Associated Press - November 6, 2014 7:44 pm

Officials in a south-central Kansas community expect a petroleum company to begin drilling for oil on city land sometime soon.

The Arkansas City Traveler reports the City Commission approved a conditional-use permit this week for exploration and extraction of oil on two parcels zoned for agricultural use.

The permit will allow Gulf Exploration LLC to conduct vertical drilling only, for a proposed single well. Any wastewater produced by the drilling will have to be hauled to a disposal facility.

A representative of Gulf Exploration says the drilling will take six days. The company’s trucks are expected to begin arriving Monday.

Arkansas City will be paid for use of the land and receive about 25 percent of any profits derived from the drilling.