Pipeline, Fracking Summit | Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Pipeline, Fracking Summit

Pipelines, Fracking, and Kentucky’s Future Beyond Fossil Fuels

A summit to educate Kentuckians about the issues of
natural gas liquids(NGLs), fracking, landowner rights,
and local options for communities seeking a sustainable future.

Wenonah Hauter will give the morning keynote address.  Hauter is the author of Frackopoly and the founder and executive director of Food & Water Watch.  Diana Moss of Renewables 100 Policy Institute will deliver the final keynote address on Kentucky’s Future Beyond Fossil Fuels.  Other speakers and panelists, including Simona Perry of the Pipeline Safety Coalition, will discuss fracking in Kentucky, repurposed NGL lines, state and federal regulations, planning and zoning for rural communities, and steps to transitioning to renewables/energy efficiency.  See below for a working agenda for the day.

Registration is HERE. A suggested $10 donation is requested to help pay for lunch and other costs.


  • 8:30-9 a.m. Registration 
  • 9 a.m. – noon OPENING SESSIONS
    • Welcome: Chris Schimmoeller (5 minutes)
    • Introduction from the Front Lines:  Estill County, Boyle County, Rowan County, Madison County, Marion County
    • Keynote — Wenonah Hauter. 40 minutes, then 15 min Q & A
      10 min break
    • Panel:  Pipelines and Fracking in Kentucky:  40 minutes of presentations, then 15 min Q & A. Presenters: Community Impacts:  Dr. Simona Perry, Public Heath:  Dr. Erin Haynes
  • Kinder Morgan Pipeline:  Craig Williams
    Regulatory Changes:  Dr. Jim O’Reilly
  • Diana Moss:  “Beyond Fossil Fuels”  Keynote–  30 minutes , then 15 min Q & A
  • Lunch:  1.5 hours

1:30-4:30 p.m.    AFTERNOON SESSION

Breakout workshops from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. with a 30 minute break in between. The same topics offered at each session so participants can attend at least two of what’s offered.

Workshop Topics:

1)  Planning and Zoning:   This workshop will describe how rural communities without planning and zoning can establish minimal P&Z codes in order to protect people and important resources from harm from pipeline.  It will also cover planning and zoning strategies for working in counties that already have planning and zoning. Presenters: Mark Morgan, Tom FitzGerald, Timothy Theissen

2) Renewables/Efficiency:  This workshop will describe the latest advances in the transition away from fossil fuelsas well as effective local measures for helping communities reduce their dependence on fossil fuels. Presenters:  Andy McDonald, Sam Avery, TBA

3) Community Strategies for protecting health and economic well being:  This workshop will present the latest research on health and community impacts explore tools for communities to protect themselves in advance.  Presenters:  Simona Perry, Jerry Hardt

4) FERC/Regs:  This workshop will cover the current regulatory landscape and the opportunities to change the system through lobbying, etc.  Presenters:  Jim O’Reilly, Lane Boldman

5) NGLs, Pipelines, Fracking, and the Environment: This workshop is a 101 course for those new to the issue and those who want a refresher on the facts about natural gas liquids (NGLs), pipelines, fracking, and the environmental impacts of the fracking industry.  Presenters:  Bob Pekny, Dr. Ralph Ewers, Tarence Ray

Optional Afternoon Activities:

1)  Tour of Locust Trace’s facilities (including photovotaic system, water storage and recycling, composting, etc.) — departs from lobby at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

2)  2 p.m. Showing of End of the Line in the conference room.

4:45 p.m. CLOSING


November 5, 2016 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Event Organizer: 
Chris Schimmoeller
Contact Email: 
Event Venue: 
Locust Trace AgriScience Center
Event Location: 
3591 Leestown Road
Lexington, KY
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