Conference Schedule

Pipelines, Fracking, and Kentucky’s
Future Beyond Fossil Fuels:
Watch this space for future conferences

Pipelines, Fracking, and Kentucky’s Future Beyond Fossil Fuels:
Thanks for attending the 2016 conference!
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.
Our 2016 summit was held on November 5, 2016 at the Locust Trace AgriScience Center
3591 Leestown Road, Lexington, Kentucky. Watch this space for our next conference.

List of Speakers HERE.

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.

This year we are charging a $10 registration fee to help us cover costs.  This fee is waived for volunteers and those who bring a potluck dish for our community meal.  Make sure to note this when you preregister!  Chefs Chris Hayden and  Tony Robinson will be making a meat and a vegetarian entree.  Attendees are invited to bring a side dish or dessert to contribute.  Please preregister at this eventbrite link.


  • 8:30 am-9 am Registration 
  • 9am – 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

    1:30-4:30pm Afternoon Sessions 

Breakout workshops from 1:30-2:30pm and 3:00-4:00pm 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, Erin Haynes, 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 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

2)  2pm Showing of End of the Line in the conference room.

4:45 pm. Closing