Falling crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in Kansas. The oil industry in the state is dominated by small, independent operators who depend heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay to drill new ones.
The Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association says the low prices are causing many companies to re-evaluate their drilling plans.
Analysts say the growth in new drilling across the country will slow as drillers avoid rock that is either not well understood or known to be unproductive.
Members of Kansas' all-Republican congressional delegation agreed the coming weeks are critical to the future of the federal health care law, though they are still unsure how to stop it.
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp urged the Kansas Independent Oil and Gas Association members at their annual conference in Wichita to tell people in Washington how the new health care law affects small businesses.