September 2016

In This Issue...

Message from KOGA Executive Director

Register for the Western Kentucky Meeting NOW

Update on Subpart OOOOa Litigation

KOGA Board Retreat

Michael Richard McLear


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:

Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment
September 21-22
Lexington Convention Center
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Eastern Section, AAPG Annual Meeting
September 25-27
Lexington, Ky.
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KOGA Western Kentucky Meeting
September 29
Owensboro Convention Center
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KOGA Christmas Party
December 16
Bodley-Bullock House, Lexington
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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 are tremendously excited to see everyone at the western KY quarterly meeting only TWO weeks away! Member services committee chair Mark Hughes and several other western KY members have put forth a considerable amount of effort to make sure the upcoming meeting is a tremendous success. It's not too late to register here and please invite others!

We are fortunate to have Jim Brooker with Brookston Resources as headlining speaker for the dinner. In a can't miss presentation, Jim plans to discuss conventional oil operations in the Illinois basin. We also plan to wrap KOGA PAC's successful fundraising campaign for this election cycle by holding a brief live auction featuring UK football and basketball ticket packages.

Coming soon, KOGA will join a multi-state public relations initiative that will be rolling out during National Energy Awareness Month in October. In partnership with OOGA, VOGA, API, Energy in Depth and others, the effort will be to increase the awareness of the general public regarding the multitude of ways the oil and gas industry helps make modern American life possible.

In other news, you will find a brief summary below of the legal action KOGA is jointly pursuing against the EPA, some key future event information, and the unfortunate news of the passing of one of our friends in the industry... Please take care and I hope we see each other soon.

- Matt
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Register for the Western Kentucky Meeting NOW!

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.

Update on Subpart OOOOa Litigation

As you may recall from our announcement a few weeks ago, KOGA has joined a multi-state coalition of industry and governmental organizations challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) overreaching methane emissions regulations. The following is an update from lead legal counsel, Jim Elliott, regarding Subpart OOOOa litigation:

On August 2, 2016, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) and eighteen other trade associations representing primarily independent producer interests filed a Petition for Review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Court) to challenge Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) methane regulations promulgated on June 3, 2016 (Subpart OOOOa).  IPAA, et al., also submitted a Petition for Administrative Reconsideration of Subpart OOOOa with EPA.  The State of North Dakota filed the first challenge with the Court in early July, followed by the State of Texas approximately two weeks later.  The Clean Air Act provides for 60 days to challenge promulgated rules in the Court (if the rule has national applicability).  The other trades that filed suit independently at the end of the 60-day period include the American Petroleum Institute, the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America, the Western Energy Alliance, the GPA Midstream Association, and the Texas Oil and Gas Association.  The State of West Virginia also filed on August 2, 2016, on behalf of Alabama, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, the Attorney General for Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.  All of the cases have been consolidated with the lead case, State of North Dakota v. Environmental Protection Agency, Case No. 16-1242.

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KOGA Board Retreat

KOGA's Board of Directors recently completed another successful annual board retreat August 30 in Lexington. Pursuing the joint mission of orienting new staff on all activities KOGA and industry related, as well as preparing for the future, the board engaged in a lively discussion over several hours that produced a number of concrete action items to pursue.

The theme of the retreat being "Circle the Wagons!", President Maurice Royster wanted to use the opportunity to have the board together for a more expansive discussion of issues than a typical board meeting would allow. The discussion was structured around committee presentations with each committee chair largely encouraged to use its allotted time for the purposes it deemed most necessary.

The following is a summary of the discussion by committee:

Strategic Plan Update - After a tone-setting introduction by President Royster and Executive Director Matt Sawyers, Bill Barr updated the board on the status of KOGA's strategic plan. After several years focused on organization-building, improved professional administration, and greater relevance in Frankfort, Barr suggested it was time for KOGA to take the next steps as an organization and update its strategic plan.

Discussion and suggestions then veered into how best to improve public relations, internal and external communications, and retain the industry's political relevance in a time of economic uncertainty.

DNR Ad Hoc Committee Update - Bill Barr and Rudy Vogt presented an update on the activity of the multi-party Department of Natural Resources Ad Hoc committee. 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.

Currently, the committee is evaluating NORM/TENORM issues with the hope of producing a definition and recommendation document to the General Assembly by December, 2016. A tremendous amount of discussion and technical research has taken place to form a potential jointly-created product, but it is currently still in the works and nothing has been finalized...

Governmental Affairs Committee - Bill Barr updated the board on past governmental affairs efforts and noted that there would likely not be much activity until after the fall elections. The next major target is the 2017 legislative session, for which several ideas were discussed including: identifying a prominent spot early on the legislative social calendar for the KOGA/Coal Association reception; upgrading our professionalism at the reception in terms of staffing a reception table, encouraging members to attend, etc.; and encouraging a higher participation of KOGA members to mix, mingle, and educate during the event.

PAC Committee - Will Graham updated the board on the success of KOGA's first annual live and silent auction benefitting KOGA's relatively young PAC. Several thousand dollars were raised at the event, successfully making it a fun and excitement addition to the program. The auction will likely become a staple at the KOGA annual meeting.

Additionally, there was discussion about executing the disbursement of funds from the PAC, what the strategy would be, and what campaigns the association should seek to support.

Technical and Regulatory Committee - Co-Chairs Mike Gibbons and Rudy Vogt presented a compelling presentation describing how the industry is effectively under regulatory siege and updating the members on the recent activities of the tech and reg committee. Gibbons and Vogt fleshed out ways in which their committee could serve the other committees by assisting with flow of information and providing expertise.

There was also lengthy discussion about KOGA's efforts to help the industry navigate through the EPA's regulatory maze. In a deep-dive brainstorming session, the members suggested ways the association can provide information and assistance to producers across Kentucky who do not always have access to the most current information, when it is most needed.

Nominating Committee - The primary purpose of the nominating committee discussion led by Rudy Vogt was to raise the question of the appropriate size of the KOGA board. There was also a brief discussion about how many ex-officio members the board deemed sufficient.

Legal Committee - Following the nominating committee discussion Karen Greenwell, with support from John Henderson, discussed the mechanisms by which KOGA could change the structure of the board if the board chose to proceed in that direction.

The legal committee session also focused on ways in which the legal expertise represented within KOGA's ranks could add value to the broader membership. Initiative suggestions primarily focused on communications once again.

Member Services Committee - Lastly, Mark Hughes led an important interaction focused on adding value to the KOGA member experience, recruiting potential Western KY members into the association, and determining where the 2017 and 2018 annual meetings would be held.

KOGA is pleased to announce the 2017 annual meeting will be held at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, July 19-20!!!

Michael Richard McLear (1959-2016)

Michael Richard McLear, 57, of Evansville, Indiana, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Deaconess Gateway Hospital.

Michael was born in Richmond, Indiana on March 30, 1959 to Robert E. and Maxine (Scotece) McLear. He graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Michael was Executive Vice President at Core Minerals Operating Company, enjoyed serving as a Chapter Advisor and Mentor for Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at his alma mater, and was an Eagle Scout. Michael attended First United Methodist Church in Vincennes with his family. He was a sports enthusiast who enjoyed golfing, the Cincinnati Reds, and the Indianapolis Colts. Michael loved his family dearly and was always supportive of his daughters' passions and adventures. He will be deeply missed.

Michael is survived by his wife of 28 years, Judy (Lobacz) McLear; his daughters, Chelsea Elizabeth and Sarah Elizabeth McLear; father, Robert E. McLear (Joyce); sisters, Sally Baumer (Jim) and Kathy Gray (Chip); brother, Robert E. McLear III (Michelle); cousin, Susan Kucharski (David); mother-in-law, Miss Ellie Lobacz; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother.

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