Kansas Summit on Natural Gas


About the Summit

In response to rising natural gas prices, Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius asked the State Energy Resources Coordination Council (SERCC) to organize a natural gas summit to discuss supply and price issues as well as strategies to minimize the impact on natural gas consumers.  This summit was held on  October 2, 2003 at Washburn University's Memorial Hall in Topeka. 


The "Kansas Summit on Natural Gas Summary of Conclusions and Recommendations" was recently submitted to the Governor and is now available here in both PDF and HTML formats.

Plenary Sessions

(The Plenary Session presentations, highlighted below, are available in PDF format.  To view them, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Session I: Overview of natural gas supply and price

U.S. perspective - Patty Morrison, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior

Outlook for the Natural Gas Industry - Paul Wilkinson, American Gas Association

Where does our gas come from and where does Kansas gas go? - Tim Carr, Kansas Geological Survey

How does the natural gas system work? - Brad Dixon, Vice President, Western Region, Kansas Gas Service

Session II: Economic impacts on Kansas

Residential and smaller commercial consumers - David Springe, CURB

Industrial and larger commercial consumers - Richard W. Schuck, Energy Support Providers, LLC

Agriculture - Carole Jordan, Director of Rural Development & Legislative Initiatives, Kansas Department of Agriculture

Summit Information

Complete Agenda

Consumer News

Natural gas cost solutions in short supply
(Lawrence Journal-World, Nov. 23, 2003)

More natural gas may not deter price increases
(Hutchinson News, September 20, 2003)

Editorial: Gas rates -- Ugly forecast
The increases may be justified but some people won't be able to pay
(Topeka Capital-Journal, Sept. 20, 2003)

Heat bills likely to rise
(Topeka Capital-Journal, Sept. 15, 2003)

Winter utility pinch likely
(Lawrence Journal-World, Sept. 9, 2003)

Averaged natural gas bills rising
(Wichita Eagle, August 15, 2003)

Winter gas prices to rise
(Atchison Daily Globe, August 13, 2003)

Conservation is the Buzzword at Natural Gas Summit
(Energy User News, July 28, 2003)

BILLS race for big gas
(Hutchinson News, July 27, 2003)

Skyrocketing gas prices affect businesses
(Hutchinson News, July 27, 2003)

Plan now for soaring gas bills
(Lawrence Journal-World, July 17, 2003)

Consumers to face higher utility costs
(Southwest Daily Times (Liberal, KS), July 14, 2003)

Kansas gas customers to see price hike
(Topeka Capital-Journal, July 12, 2003)

National Natural Gas Information

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham Calls on Nation's Governors To Join Smart Energy Campaign -  U.S. Department of Energy

Weekly Natural Gas Storage ReportEnergy Information Administration

Natural Gas Weekly Update - Energy Information Administration