Oil and Gas Workgroup to Meet October 19

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 17, 2018) – The OIL and GAS WORKGROUP will meet from 9 a.m. – 12 noon on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018 in conference room 332 at the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601.

Please arrive early so that you can be checked in.

Agenda:

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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presents Awards at its Conference on Energy and the Environment

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet presented 13 environmental awards October 12 at its annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment at the Lexington Convention Center.

The awards reflect a commitment by those honored to preserving and enhancing the Commonwealth through energy efficiency, soil conservation, mine land reclamation, farmland stewardship or innovation.

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Environmental Advocate Fitzgerald Honored, 2018 Governor’s Conference Concludes

IMG_3605.JPGTom Fitzgerald, who has spent nearly four decades advocating for those, “downhill, downwind and downstream,” as was inscribed upon his award, was the recipient of the 2018 Secretary’s Award at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment.

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely presented “Fitz,” as he is widely known, with the award at the conclusion of the Awards Luncheon on Friday afternoon.

The inscription on Fitzgerald’s award read, “For demonstrated leadership and img_3596.jpgrecognition of a distinguished career to provide unflinching advocacy for those who live “downhill, downwind and downstream.”

Day two of the Governor’s Conference was packed with with economic development and energy topics and speakers.

The day kicked off with Steve Winberg, Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Energy. Winberg spoke about coal’s role as a reliable, non-subsidized energy source for the next 100 years, and the impact of the emergence of renewable energy sources on our society. He also touched on the United States burgeoning energy production, and how America is set to become a net energy exporter.

IMG_3572“The U.S. has an abundant amount of energy that can and already is propelling us forward,” Winberg said.

The Kentucky Division of Abandoned Mine Lands has quickly become a force in economic development thanks to the Abandoned Mine Lands Pilot Project, as AML Division Director Bob Scott showed over the course of his four-person panel.

Tim Gibbs of the Ashland Alliance, Daniel Elliot, President of Enerblu, a new battery manufacturer that was a Pilot Project grant recipient, and Justin Adams, who helps administer the pilot project grants, all spoke about how Abandoned Mine Lands are bringing opportunity to a ready, skilled workforce in eastern Kentucky. Watch the video here.

IMG_3588Sec. Snavely moderated an energy panel that included Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Asim Z. Haque, Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, Talina Matthews, Kentucky Public Service Commission and Andrew L. Ott, PJM Interconnection.

The panel covered regulations, energy grid resiliance, threats against the grid, cyber attacks, pipelines and energy rates.

Ott spoke about evaluating Kentucky and the nation’s natural resources. “Are we properly valuing these assets? I think the answer may be ‘not quite’.”

Besides the Secretary’s Award, several awards were handed out to deserving recipients by Gov. Hampton and Sec. Snavely.

The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Stewardship Award, presented by the Kentucky State Nature Preserve Commission was awarded to Clay Hill Memorial Forest, Campbellsville University. 

The Biodiversity Award, presented by the Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves was awarded to The Kentucky Native Plant Society. 

Outstanding Forest Steward Award, presented by the Department for Natural Resources was awarded to William and Chris Lagermann of Red Lick Ranch, LLC.

The Excellence in Reclamation Award, presented by the Department for Natural Resources was awarded to Cam Mining, LLC.

The Award for Excellence in Mine Safety, presented by the Department for Natural Resources was given to East Mac and Nellie Mine.

The Award for Excellence in Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation, presented by the Department for Natural Resources was awarded to Triple H Excavating, LLC for the Roger Cornett Slide.

The Kentucky EXCEL Champion Award, presented by the Department for Environmental Protection was awarded to Sekisui S-Lec America.

The Environmental Pacesetter Award, presented by the Department for Environmental Protection, was awarded to the Lincoln County Sanitation District. 

The Resource Caretaker Award, presented by the Department for Environmental Protection, was awarded to Chris Barton, Ph.D. – Green Forest Works.

The Community Environmental Luminary Award was presented by the Dept. for Environmental Protection to Leggett & Platt, Inc. – Winchester Spring Branch 02. 

The Energy and Environment Cabinet presented the Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Awards to Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation (RECC) and the Glasgow Water Company. 

 

We will see you in 2019 for the next Governor’s Conference!

 

 

2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and Environment Wraps Day One

Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Kicked off the 2018 Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment with remarks about the future of Kentucky’s energy profile, environmental regulations and continuing to keep Kentucky’s environment and citizens protected.

 

IMG_3483Governor Matt Bevin was the keynote speaker on the first day of the conference. The governor touted his energy policies, covered cyber security, the changing energy landscape and updating the power grid. He also took questions from the audience which included a discussion on subsidizing alternative energy forms.

David Ross, Environmental Protection Agency Assistant Administrator, Office of Water IMG_3562followed Gov. Bevin.

Ross discussed the Trump Administration’s view on environmental regulations, and what they’ve meant to the environment and economic development.

Ross also participated in the Clean Water Act 404 Panel that closed day one of the conference. Those panelists, including Mike Ricketts of the Army Corps of Engineers, Mike Hardin, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife, Nick Dilks of Ecosystem Investment Partners and Brian Miller of the Northern Kentucky Home Builders Association, spoke about how the Clean Water Act affected their individual agencies.

KET host and producer Renee Shaw moderated the 2018 Legislative Panel which featured Sen. Jared Carpenter, Rep. Jim Gooch, Tom Fitzgerald of the Ky. Resources Council, Kate Shanks of the Ky. Chamber of Commerce and Sec. Snavely.

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Always a lively discussion, the panel covered energy subsidies, environmental regulations and bills that could become law in the 2019 Legislative Session.

Panel

Day two of the conference kicks off at 8 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

At 8:30 a.m. Steve Winberg of the Dept. of Energy will keynote the morning session, followed by a presentation from Bob Scott of Kentucky’s Divison of Abandoned Mine Lands, who will have a presentation and panel.

At 10:30, An Energy Panel will be moderated by Sec. Snavely and will feature Neil Chatterje, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Asim Z. Haque, Ohio Public Utilities Commision, Talina Matthews, Kentucky Public Service Commission and Andrew L. Ott, PJM Interconnection.

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton will speak at the annual awards ceremony and luncheon to wrap up the conference.

 

Waste Management Employee Jason Craig Honored After Life-Saving Actions at Capitol

Craig was the right person in the right place at the exact right time

Jason Craig Honored By Charles Snavely
Jason Craig is presented an award for heroism by Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely on Oct. 10, after he saved a man’s life with an AED machine at the Capitol.

September 18 was supposed to be just another Tuesday for Energy and Environment Cabinet Employee Jason Craig.

As a resource recovery worker in the Division of Waste Management, for the past 11 years, Craig visits state office buildings, gathers recycled paper, then shreds and recycle it. His rounds took him to the Capitol building that day.

“We got to the first floor, almost there at the end,” Craig said. “We come up the last hallway and I hear someone say, ‘Hey, call 911, someone’s passed out.’ So I ran up to a girl I know there and said ‘I know CPR, is there anything I can do to help?’ ”

The next minutes were a blur, Craig said.

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$275,689 in Grants Announced to Fund Clean Diesel

Program Will Reduce Diesel Emissions from Kentucky School Buses

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Oct. 8, 2018) – Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely today announced the 2018 Kentucky Clean Diesel Grant Program, which will provide $275,689 for projects to reduce diesel emissions from aging school buses in the Commonwealth.

Funding is being made available through the federal Diesel Emission Reduction Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This competitive program is open to all public school districts and private schools located in Kentucky.

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Kentucky Division of Environmental Program Support 2018 Annual Report Available Online

The Kentucky Division of Environmental Program Support (DEPS) is pleased to announce the release of the annual report for the 2018 state fiscal year. The mission of the division is to support the mission of the Department for Environmental Protection by:

  • Managing all of the administrative functions of the department including budgeting, human resources, facilities, vehicle fleet and information technology;
  • Providing analytical laboratory services; and
  • Managing the Environmental Response Team for response to environmental emergencies.

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