PLEASE NOTE: This show was recorded on January 14.
The oil and gas industry is seeing a slew of booms all over the country—in North Dakota, Texas, and now in southern Kansas. The key: How much can be retrieved from something called the Mississippi Line Formation in south-central Kansas.
On Wednesday's Up to Date, we’ll talk with journalists Todd Melby and Steve Everly, who are covering the current booms, about how energy companies' search for deposits might affect the state.
We'll also talk with Mayor Brandon Farney of Kiowa, a small town in south-central Kansas that is seeing itself reborn as a result of all the activity.
Todd Melby is a reporter, radio producer and digital innovator. He is the lead producer of Black Gold Boom, a public media project documenting North Dakota's oil boom. His stories have aired on U.S. public radio stations, including NPR shows. He's also covered breaking news stories, including the I-35W bridge collapse, for Reuters. He is a senior producer at 2 below zero, a public media nonprofit. And he's won a pair of Edward R. Murrow awards, a Sigma Delta Chi award and a PRNDI award for radio documentaries produced with Diane Richard.
Steve Everly is a reporter for the Kansas City Star, where he reports and writes about energy including fossil fuels and alternatives like wind and solar. He’s received the Scripps Howard Foundation national award for economic reporting, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Projects Award, and numerous other awards.
Brandon Farney is the mayor of Kiowa, Kan.