May 18, 2022

Public Libraries: Site for New Wichita Library May be Sitting Atop Oil Deposit

From The Wichita Eagle:

The city of Wichita went looking for a new library site and may have struck oil.

City officials confirmed Monday that they’re weighing the possibility of drilling on the proposed new library site at Second and McLean, after some of the city’s oil industry experts have indicated there may be “significant” oil deposits under the site.

The location’s proximity to the Arkansas River makes oil deposits a possibility, Mayor Carl Brewer said. Although the property is earmarked for a new downtown library – one that may be delayed as the city limits its capital improvements expenditures — Brewer’s confident any drilling won’t further delay construction.

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