Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fracking hot topic during public forum

Representatives from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and its agencies heard passionate statements from several area residents and fuel producers Tuesday in the first of three public comment meetings regarding oil and gas development in the state. The meeting, held at Madisonville Community College, gave interested parties the opportunity to openly voice their opinions to a panel of directors from the EEC, Division of Oil and Gas and Division of Water.

Oil and gas development has a significant impact locally.

"In 2014, Henderson, Union, Hopkins, Webster and Muhlenberg counties combined to produce over 862,000 barrels of oil, equaling 25 percent of the state's production," Andrew McNeill, executive director of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, said. "With that production, over $3.5 million in severance tax was generated for state and local governments."

For the complete story, visit the Madisonville Messenger online.