Officials skeptical about Wichita oil drilling

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal to drill for oil below downtown Wichita’s Century II convention center isn’t dead but faces major obstacles.

The Wichita Eagle (http://is.gd/MUAvaI ) reports that driller Trek AEC has offered alternative approaches. They include direct drilling on the Century II site or nearby, including a pipeline that could conceivably pass near the WaterWalk downtown development.

The alternatives were proposed after protests led the city to withdraw its application to the Metropolitan Area Planning Commission last month to drill from Delano neighborhood under the Arkansas River to Century II.

It’s unclear whether a repackaged drilling proposal would have a chance. Several council members say the idea probably should be shelved — for now.

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Information from: The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

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