In a second AgriLife statement released this week, oil and gas officials are being encouraged to attend the Permian Basin Oil and Gas Stewardship Conference and Trade Show for oil operators and landowners Aug. 13.

“The Permian Basin has seen almost constant oil and gas production for most of the last century, but the current boom we’re experiencing is at record numbers,” said Caleb Eaton, AgriLife Extension agent in Crane County.

Eaton said the oilfield activity is having negative effects on the region’s rangeland, which is detrimental to livestock and wildlife. The resulting bare ground tends to create wind erosion problems and opens the door for invasive noxious plants to gain a foothold.

"The goal of this conference is to give oil and gas operators the most accurate and efficient practices for reclaiming rangelands after oilfield disturbance,” Eaton added.

“The goal of this conference is to give oil and gas operators the most accurate and efficient practices for reclaiming rangelands after oilfield disturbance,” he said.

The primary conference speakers will be Dr. Alyson McDonald, AgriLife Extension range specialist at Fort Stockton, and Santos Gonzales with the Texas Railroad Commission at Midland.

McDonald will present Reseeding Right-of-ways and Brush and Weed Control on Oilfield Sites. She will also lead a pipeline reseeding field tour, weather permitting.

Gonzales will speak on proper drilling site reclamation procedures.

The multi-county conference will be in the Crane County Exhibition Building, 900 W.6th St. in Crane. Conducting the program will be AgriLife Extension agents from Crane, Andrews, Pecos, Reeves and Winkler/Loving counties.

Individual registration is $15 and due upon arrival. RSVP by July 31 to the AgriLife Extension office in Crane County at 432-558-5322 or email cleaton@ag.tamu.edu .