December 2016

In This Issue...

Message from KOGA Executive Director

Important Dates for 2017

KOGA Christmas Board Meeting

TENORM Report to LRC

Christmas Party Photos


Mark Your Calendar! 2017 Annual Meeting Location and Date Announced!

The 2017 KOGA Annual Meeting will be July 19-20 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington.


Upcoming Events:

KOGA Legislative Reception
February 22, 2017
Frankfort, KY
Registration Coming Soon

KOGA Eastern Kentucky Meeting
April 27, 2017
Jenny Wiley State Park, Prestonsburg

KOGA Annual Meeting
July 19-20, 2017
Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington


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A Message from KOGA Executive Director, Matt Sawyers

Dear KOGA Members and Friends,

We hope you have had a wonderful holiday season and would like to wish you well in the new year...

2017 promises to be an exciting year for the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association. The first quarter will find us working closely with the new leadership in the general assembly, strengthening existing relationships, and building new ones. We will continue to advocate for our industry's interests while working to educate government officials, business leaders, and the general public on the significant positive impact our industry has on Kentucky's economy and modern American life in general.

We will continue to bring you outstanding educational and networking opportunities at our meetings in 2017. We will be making additions and improvements to our inter-association communications, including the newsletter. And we plan to spend time in the state working with you and your colleagues on ideas for making our association better.

Thank you for your support the last few months. Happy New Year!

This month's newsletter will be relatively short. In it you will find:

  • Summary of the board of directors meeting on December 16 prior to the annual KOGA Christmas party
  • Important dates to remember for 2017
  • Pictures from the Christmas party we hope you will enjoy

- Matt
Matt@kyoilgas.org


Important Dates in 2017

Please mark your calendars to join us for these KOGA meetings and events in 2017:

KOGA Legislative Reception
February 22, Frankfort, KY
**Please note this is a different date than previously sent.
Registration Coming Soon

KOGA Eastern Kentucky Meeting
April 27, 2017
Jenny Wiley State Park, Prestonsburg

KOGA Annual Meeting
July 19-20, 2017
Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington

KOGA Western Kentucky Meeting
Date TDA
Owensboro


KOGA Christmas Board Meeting

KOGA's Board of Directors wrapped up 2016 with an information-filled board meeting Friday afternoon prior to the annual KOGA Christmas party. Held in the conference room at the Gratz Park Inn, the board reflected back on 2016, industry trends, changes, and what is on the horizon for 2017.

President Maurice Royster kicked off the meeting by thanking the board for its support during a year in which the staff had turned over completely, and the market presented nearly unprecedented challenges to financial support for the association. In spite of the currents pushing back against progress, the board held strong and the association continues to be well-positioned for the future.

In the staff report, Executive Director Matt Sawyers and Associate Director Laura Cole provided a "state of the association" for the members present. Sawyers and Cole guided the board through the changes the association had encountered prior to their arrival, summarized the challenges each faced joining the organization from the outside, and provided the board a snapshot of KOGA's current strengths and weaknesses. Titling their presentation, "A Pivot to 2017," the staff concluded their remarks with positive plans and ideas for consideration for the new year and beyond.

Bill Barr then gave a comprehensive powerpoint presentation on the NORM/TENORM issues the DNR ad-hoc workgroup has been collaborating on for nearly a year. Beginning the presentation by providing an extensive background of the group's work to-date, Barr educated the members on the variety of topics under discussion, the work product delivered to the Legislative Research Commission by the state Energy and Environment Cabinet, the obstacles to future progress, potential industry concerns, and an outlook for how the process will continue to evolve.

Some portion or all of the presentation may be available to KOGA members in the future. If you have specific questions on this issue, please call Matt at KOGA HQ.

Barr, also serving as chair of the Government Affairs committee discussed considerations for the 2017 KY General Assembly short session. He, President Royster, and ED Sawyers are prioritizing building relationships with the massive number of new members and new leadership in the House of Representatives. Overall, the changes present an opportunity for the association moving forward, but will require broad participation from the board and from KOGA membership, as the association has done so well in the past.

Tech and Reg committee co-chair Rudy Vogt provided up-to-date information on federal regulatory issues including Quad Oa, the legal effort to curtail EPA regulation, and the just-released Information Collection Request (EPA).
There was also a robust discussion about what avenues were available for the incoming administration and/or Congress to roll back onerous regulations that have negatively impacted the industry.

And last, but not least, Member Services committee chair Mark Hughes reported to the board that every effort should be made to build on 2016 membership numbers and increase them in 2017. In order to do that, we will need recruiting help from active KOGA members, education and engagement from the staff, and an increased focus on the value that the association provides to industry beneficiaries statewide.


TENORM Report to LRC

The KOGA DNR Ad-Hoc Committee worked with the multi-party Department of Natural Resources Ad Hoc committee to create a report to LRC in regards to TENORM. The committee is comprised of stakeholders including: state officials representing multiple agencies, industry representatives from KOGA and other interested organizations, public environmental advocates and representatives, and third-party experts like Brandon Nuttall from the KY Geological Society.

Earlier this month, the Energy and Environment Cabinet submitted the final report to LRC which included the obstacles to future progress, potential industry concerns, and an outlook for how the process will continue to evolve.

Click here to see the full report.


Christmas Party Photos

Thank you to everyone that joined us at the Bodley Bullock House on December 16th for the Annual KOGA Christmas Party! A great time was had by all. Here are a few photos from the night.