August 2016

In This Issue...

Message from KOGA Executive Director

Message from KOGA President

KOGA Hires New Staff

Kentucky Oil and Gas Association Announces New Officers

Vogt Presented President's Award

Robert Alley Award Given to Virginia Lazenby

Annual Meeting

Kentucky's State Geologist named; also will be director of KGS

KOGA Joins Legal Action Against EPA

CEA Launches "Pipelines for America" Campaign

Register NOW for the Western Kentucky Meeting!

KOGA's Western Kentucky Technical Program & Reception will be held Thursday, September 29, 2016 at the Owensboro Convention Center.

The technical program will include discussion about Quad O, endangered species, USACE Nationwide Permit updates, just to mention a few. The dinner will also include a presentation from Jim Brooker of Brookston Resources, who will present the session "Conventionally Speaking". During this session, Jim will discuss conventional oil operations in the Illinois Basin.

For more details and registration information, click here.

Need New Danger Signs? KOGA Can Help You Out!

Effective July 9, 1997 805 KAR 1:160 the posting of danger signs on tank batteries became law. The KOGA office has these signs for sale.

For KOGA members, the signs are $12.00 each plus tax and shipping and for non-KOGA members the signs are $20.00 each plus tax and shipping

Click here to order Danger Signs

Don't Forget to Get Some KOGA Gear!

Purchase some KOGA gear to wear to meetings, at the office, in the field, or on the golf course! All merchandise is high quality items.

Prices (Including 6% Kentucky Sales Tax):
IZOD Cotton Polo
NIKE Dri-Fit White Polo
NIKE Dri-Fit Grey Polo
"Original" Hat
"Ultra Soft" Hat

Simply call the KOGA office at (502) 226-1955 to order your KOGA gear today!

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A Message from KOGA Executive Director, Matt Sawyers

Dear KOGA members and friends,

Greetings from Frankfort! And welcome to the first BITS newsletter released by your new KOGA staff. On behalf of President Maurice Royster and new associate director Laura Cole, I want you to know how excited we are for the opportunity to lead this association, building on its rich history and past success.

In a time of ever-increasing economic, regulatory, political, and social pressures, our early objective will be to focus on KOGA's mission and direct our attention toward creating positive outcomes for our association and its members. Those efforts could and probably will come in the form of lobbying, communications, administration, and organization.

KOGA is YOUR association. Together, we plan to represent all our members' needs and endeavor to do so to the best of our abilities. An early component of that will be to increase communication regarding KOGA activities. Communication being a two-way street, we want to hear from you... We want to know and share your stories, your successes, and your concerns. This newsletter is a great format to do just that! So please, reach out to us as we plan to reach out to you and let's make this the best association in Kentucky!

- Matt Sawyers
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A Message from KOGA President Maurice Royster

Dear KOGA,

I am humbled and honored to begin my service as President of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association as we face challenging yet exciting times. In the last few months we have had to say goodbye to our exceptional former staff, and welcome in a new staff, in whom we have tremendous confidence and great expectations. We also just wrapped up a successful annual conference in Covington, KY. I personally want to thank all who attended and supported the conference. Member participation in KOGA events is critical to our success.
I would like to express my gratitude to the board and particularly former President Rudy Vogt for performing such outstanding work the past two years. Rudy's technical knowledge and intricate understanding of our small operators will continue to be a vital resource for me and our association. I also want to thank all our members and financial supporters who make the important work we do through this association possible.

Our industry continues to face enormous regulatory and economic pressures. Working through this challenging environment requires patience, tenacity, and collaboration. I know that as we move this association forward, we will come together for the collective benefit of our members and our industry...  We have our work cut out for us, but we stand ready to face our challenges together!


KOGA Hires New Staff

If you were at the KOGA Annual Meeting you may have seen some new faces on the KOGA staff. The KOGA Board of Directors hired Matt Sawyers as the new KOGA Executive Director. Sawyers replaces Andrew McNeill who left KOGA to take a position within Governor Bevin's office.

KOGA also hired Laura Cole as the new Associate Director. Laura was hired to replace Astrud Masterson, who left KOGA in May to take a position in the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Feel free to reach out to Matt and Laura to say hi! They can be reached at [email protected] and Laur[email protected]

Kentucky Oil and Gas Association Announces New Officers

The Kentucky Oil and Gas Association (KOGA) elected its new executive committee at the Annual Meeting, July 19-21 in Covington, KY.
President - Maurice Royster - EQT Corporation
President Elect - Mark Hughes - Hughes Land, LLC
Immediate Past President - Rudy Vogt - Cumberland Valley Resources, LLC
Treasurer - Lauren Slone - Quality Natural Gas (Kinzer Drilling), LLC

KOGA's membership also voted in the "Class of 2019" Board of Directors:

Wes Cate - Fireborn Energy; Stacee Dover - CountryMark Refining and Logistics, LLC; Nan Hamilton - Stand Energy Corporation; Doug Hyden - Clean Gas Processing, LLC; Bryan Reynolds - Sullivan, Mountjoy, Stainback & Miller; Maurice Royster - EQT Corporation; Lauren Slone - Quality Natural Gas (Kinzer Drilling), LLC; Rudy Vogt - Cumberland Valley Resources, LLC; Jed Weinberg - Clean Gas, Inc.

For the full press relase and complete list of the KOGA Board of Directors, click here.

Rudy Vogt Presented with President's Award

During the Membership Luncheon at the Annual Meeting, , July 19-21 in Covington, KY, Maurice Royster presented Rudy Vogt with the President's Award for his service as KOGA President from 2014-2016.

"We all owe a debt of gratitude to Rudy for his time served as President," said Maurice Royster, new KOGA President. "He was and continues to be committed to KOGA's success. Rudy's invaluable perspective on technical and regulatory matters as well as his business understanding of KOGA's small operators will continue to serve our association well into the future." 

Vogt will now serve as Immediate Past President.

Robert Alley Award Given to Virginia Lazenby

Virginia "Gigi" Lazenby, CEO of Bretagne LLC, was honored as the 2016 recipient of the Robert Alley Award. KOGA President Rudy Vogt made the presentation, which recognizes extraordinary service to KOGA and the oil and gas industry, during the annual membership luncheon.

Gigi Lazenby's extensive industry advocacy includes serving as a director for the American Petroleum Institute, member of the National Petroleum Council, former President of the National Stripper Well Association and former Chairwoman of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

Gigi was the obvious and perfect choice to receive the 2016 version of this prestigious award and takes her rightful place among KOGA's industry titans.

Annual Meeting

KOGA's 80th Annual Meeting was held July 19-21 at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington and was an overwhelming success. Nearly 200 attendees participated in the annual educational and networking opportunity as it moved back to Northern KY for the first time in 3 years.

Sessions included a state of the industry update from Brian Habacivch with Constellation Energy, a discussion of Cyber Security from the FBI and an update from Sean Alteri of the Division of Air Quality as well as Kim Collings and Marvin Combs from the Kentucky Division of Oil & Gas. Other speakers included Chuck Venditti, CountryMark; Scott Smith, Smith Management Group; J. Steven Gardner of ECSI; Amy Townsend-Small, University of Cincinnati; Duran Hall, Maverick Insurance; Greg Kozera; Jeremy Jackson, Jackson Group; Karen Greenwell, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Harry Callicotte, Harry Callicotte; J. Kevin West, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC; Lloyd Bright, Stoll Keenon & Ogden; John Henderson, Stoll Keenon & Ogden; and Tracie McCall,  Marathon.

The luncheon speaker was Terry McBrayer who kept the group entertained by talking about his 50+ years in the political arena of Kentucky.

On Wednesday evening, the first annual KOGA Silent and Live Auction was held and raised a significant amount of money for the association and the political action committee. It was truly a lot of fun for the entire group, and most importantly, it showed the revenue-generating potential of the auction... Look forward to this component returning in the future!

To all those who could not join us this year, we truly missed your involvement and hope to see you again in 2017!

Kentucky's State Geologist named; also will be director of KGS

Dr. William C. Haneberg has been named Kentucky's State Geologist, effective Sept. 1. Haneberg will also serve as the director of the Kentucky Geological Survey (KGS).

Haneberg, a native of Cleveland, is a research professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He has more than 25 years of experience as a university geology teacher, researcher and administrator in the office of the state geologist in New Mexico, and consultant. Since October 2011, he has worked in Houston for an American subsidiary of the Dutch geoscience and engineering firm Fugro N.V., where he is a senior consultant and quantitative geohazards group leader.

Haneberg earned a doctorate in geology from the University of Cincinnati in 1989. His expertise includes geologic hazard and risk assessment, geomechanics, structural geology, hydrogeology and the use of geologic information to support planning and policy decision-making. He is author or co-author of more than 160 technical abstracts and papers on topics ranging from deep-sea landslides to Himalayan glaciation. Haneberg received the 2006 Claire P. Holdredge Award from the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists for his 2004 book, "Computational Geosciences with Mathematica." He was the 2011 Richard H. Jahns Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering Geology and is an elected Fellow of the Geological Society of America.

Former State Geologist and KGS Director Jim Cobb retired in July 2014, after serving in that capacity for 14 years.

Kentucky Oil and Gas Association Joins Legal Action Against EPA

The Kentucky Oil and Gas Association (KOGA) has joined a multi-state coalition of industry and governmental organizations challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) overreach into the regulation of methane emissions.

Led by the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), KOGA joins 16 industry partners in both a legal challenge filed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals and a petition for reconsideration with the EPA. The actions are in response to new oil and natural gas production regulations - Subpart OOOOa -  targeting industry methane emissions. These new regulations will have little to no environmental benefit, potentially exceed the authority of the EPA under the Clean Air Act, and most importantly, could be economically devastating to Kentucky's independent oil and natural gas operators.  
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Consumer Advocate Launches Campaign to Educate Voters in the U.S. Southeast on How U.S. Energy Infrastructure is Needed to Lower Energy Prices

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), a national consumer advocacy organization that represents consumers, manufacturers, agriculture, energy and other industries, today launched a campaign called "Pipelines for America," which aims to educate consumers in the U.S. Southeast about the increasing importance of U.S. energy infrastructure - and how more is needed to stabilize consumer energy costs, support local industry and manufacturing, bolster job and economic growth, and better protect the environment.

"Pipelines for America" is launched at a time when the national consumer group, made up of more than 400,000 national members (and over 40,000 in the southeast region), is increasingly concerned about the severe lack of sufficient energy infrastructure in the Southeast - a region that is experiencing significant population growth but remains underserved with sufficient pipeline capacity for transportation fuels, home heating, electricity and industrial needs.

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