City’s natural gas history offers lessons in conservation


March 2, 2018 - 12:00 AM

Funny thing about Gas, a town whose very name came from the fertile pockets of natural gas buried beneath the southeast Kansas limestone.

More than 150 years ago, there were dozens of gas pockets dotted throughout Allen County. 

Heck, in the early days, once the townsfolk realized what they had, there were even gas lines extruding from the ground that did little more than allow burning gas to vent into the atmosphere on Iola’s downtown square.

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