The oil and gas well to the north is typical of nearly 500 similar facilities on the Grassland. Wells are operated by private corporations under a leasing system and generate millions of dollars in royalties for the Government. By authority of the Bankhead-Jones Act, 25% of these royalties come back to Morton and Stevens Counties for roads or schools. The subsurface beneath the Grassland contains numerous layers, or formations, of oil/gas-bearing strata, which contributes greatly to the economic development of southwest Kansas.
It is 0.6 miles to stop 9.