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We need your participation at upcoming hearings on fracking

Should Kentucky allow the development of high volume hydraulic fracking for oil and gas or should we ban it like other states and municipalities have? If it’s going to be allowed, how should it be controlled so as to minimize damage to workers, neighbors, water, air and land? Or are those concerns even of any consequence?

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet wants to hear the public’s views on those issues at three public hearing to take place in July. The input will be compiled for an oil and gas “working group” that was formed in 2014 to advise the cabinet on oil and gas development, including fracking.

The public hearings will take place as follows:
  • July 7 at Madisonville Community College’s North Campus (2000 College Drive, Madisonville in the Quad Room in the Brown Badgett Energy and Advanced Technology Center).  

  • July 23 at the Center for Rural Development (2292 South Highway 27 in Somerset in the auditorium).

  • July 30 at the Hazard Community & Technical College (One Community College Drive,  in Room 208 of the Jolly Center, located in the JCC Building). 

For all hearings the doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. local time.

Anyone who cannot attend the meetings in person, but wishes to submit written comments may do so by July 31. Those written comments can be emailed to  OilandGasComments@ky.gov  between July 7 and July 31.

So far, state officials and the General Assembly have embraced an anticipated boom in high volume hydraulic fracking. The working group proposed legislation earlier this year to update state laws governing oil and gas drilling, and regulate some aspects of fracking. That legislation was passed by the General Assembly.

KFTC advocated for a ban on high-volume hydraulic fracking until the health and environmental consequences are better understood and eliminated. Legislative leaders did not allow that proposal to go forward.

The working group is continuing it meetings with the possibility that it will propose additional changes to state law.

KFTC will be developing detailed talking points and actions for people to take in the coming weeks.

If you think you can attend one of the hearings, please contact KFTC organizer Kevin Pentz  (606-335-0764 or kevin@kftc.org).

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