McNeill new director of KOGA
by Ralph B. Davis
The Kentucky Oil and Gas Association announced this month that Andrew V. McNeill is the new Executive Director for the organization.
The Kentucky Oil & Gas Association is dedicated to the responsible production and conservation of Kentucky’s natural resources, while ensuring that its members are provided with fair regulation, educated on oil and gas issues and dedicated toward protecting individual property rights, health, safety, and the environment.
“It’s an exciting time to be involved in the discussion surrounding the oil and gas industry, both nationally and in Kentucky,” McNeill said. “The oil and gas industry is creating jobs, revitalizing communities, keeping energy costs low and helping to move the nation toward energy independence.”
The Kentucky Oil & Gas Association was formed in 1931 to represent the interests of Kentucky’s crude oil and natural gas industry, and more particularly, the independent crude oil and natural gas operators.
“The industry employs 6,300 direct jobs in Kentucky, supports over 31,000 secondary jobs and contributes $55 million in payroll and wages,” stated Doug Hyden, KOGA’s Board President. “We look forward to Andrew’s day-to-day leadership at the Association to help ensure Kentucky remains a great place for oil and gas producers to invest and create jobs.”
McNeill’s previous experience includes serving as Legislative Director for the Governor of Kentucky, Chief of Staff to Kentucky’s Secretary of Commerce and Executive Director for the Kentucky Office of Energy Policy. In 2005, he managed the efforts of Kentucky’s Energy Policy Task Force, which produced the state’s first comprehensive energy strategy, served as Kentucky’s representative on the federal Strategic Unconventional Fuels Task Force and served on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Long Term Policy Research Center.
Kentucky has over 44,800 active wells, of which, 25,500 are oil wells and 19,300 are natural gas wells. In 2010, the value of crude oil and natural gas production in the state was approximately $1.1 billion and severance taxes for these wells contributed to over $46 million in state and local taxes. Nationally, Kentucky ranks 22nd in oil production and 18th in natural gas production.
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