The People of America's Oil and Natural Gas Indusry

Energizing Kansas

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted September 2, 2016

The varied energy story in Kansas includes oil and natural gas production, refining, critically important pipeline infrastructure and significant contributions from renewables, chiefly wind.

jayhawkersClick on the thumbnail to open a two-page energy infographic for the Sunflower State.

In other words, Kansas – while not one of the country’s top energy producers – has an integral role in the overall U.S. energy picture.

For example, in 2014 Kansas had 24,354 producing natural gas wells or 4.7 percent of the national total, ranking 8th among the states. There’s significant energy potential in the Hugoton Gas Area in southwestern Kansas, which ranks No. 15 among the nation’s top gas fields, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Kansas also is home to three refineries with a combined capacity of around 340,000 barrels of crude per day. Meanwhile, 13 interstate natural gas pipelines cross the state. The state’s Mid-Continent Center, a 194-mile pipeline system, merges production from a number of states and distributes it to various markets.

Kansas used more coal and natural gas than any other energy source in 2014. Combined, fuel products from oil and natural gas accounted for nearly 54 percent of the state’s energy use. Renewables, particularly wind, play an important part. Wind supplied 24 percent of Kansas’ net electricity generation in 2015.

The story in Kansas is similar to energy stories around the country. Our nation is powered by a variety energy sources, led by oil and natural gas. We’re fortunate that the ongoing U.S. energy renaissance, which has made our country the No. 1 oil and gas producer in the world, is providing abundant supply that’s helping the economy, cutting costs for U.S. consumers and making our nation more energy secure. Needed are pro-development policies to extend these energy benefits – detailed on Page 2 of the infographic.

Energy is essential for virtually every aspect of our daily lives. It powers national, state and local economies, gets us to work and goes into products we rely on for health and comfort. Safe, responsible energy development here at home is linked to national security as well as Americans’ individual prosperity and liberty – in Kansas and all the 50 states of energy.


Mark Green joins API after spending 16 years as national editorial writer in the Washington Bureau of The Oklahoman newspaper. In all, he has been a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, including six years as sports editor at The Washington Times. He lives in Occoquan, Virginia, with his wife Pamela. Mark graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and earned a masters in journalism and public affairs at American University. He's currently working on a masters in history at George Mason University, where he also teaches as an adjunct professor in the Communication Department.