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PMCA Servco Hired
To Manage EKOGA
TOPEKA, KS.-The Eastern Kansas
Oil & Gas Association has combined its
association management and lobbying
services into a single team by hiring
Topeka association management firm,
PMCA Servco, to represent the
association,
according to
President Rob
Eberhart.
Eberhart recalls
that after former
Executive Director
Janelle Aikins
announced her
intention to resign
at the end of 2017,
EKOGA formed a
TOM
PALACE
search committee
to find a
replacement. "After many months of
interviews, we decided to take a new
approach," he says.
Tom Palace, executive director of
PMCA Servco, will serve as EKOGA's
executive director as well as its lobbyist.
"We are looking forward to his
leadership and knowledge to help
EKOGA navigate the regulatory and
legislative environment," Eberhart says.
Palace says PMCA Servco was
founded in 1992 and also manages the
Petroleum Marketers and Convenience
Store Association of Kansas. Its office and
staff of seven are located at 115 SE
Seventh St. in Topeka. He describes
PMCA Servco as a single-source provider
for services such as meeting planning,
record keeping, accounting, lobbying and
general association management.
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"We will carry out the policies and
procedures set forth by the EKOGA
Board of Directors, and will assist the
committee process, providing input when
needed and support staff as directed by
committee chairs," he pledges. "PMCA
Servco will do its best to make this
change transparent while offering a level
of service that will take pressure off
EKOGA's leadership and help take the
association to the next level." r

OOGA Names Hammond
Executive Vice President
COLUMBUS, OH.-The Ohio Oil
Gas Association Executive Committee
and Board of Trustees have elected
Matthew Hammond as the association's
executive vice president. Hammond will
lead OOGA's advocacy efforts for the
oil and gas
industry and act
as the
association's chief
executive officer.
"Matt has
proven to be an
effective and
strong advocate
for the Ohio oil
and gas
MATTHEW
producers," says
HAMMOND
OOGA President
Jim Aslanides,
president of MFC Drilling Inc. in
Coshocton, Oh. "He has shown
appreciation for our mission and has
worked tirelessly for OOGA's members.
Matt is a talented representative of our
great industry. I am privileged and
honored to work with him to continue to
protect and advance our membership."
"It is an honor and a great privilege
to be entrusted to lead this diverse
organization," Hammond relates. "I am
grateful to have the support of the
leadership, our staff and my family, and
I look forward to translating my vision
into reality by boldly moving forward
on our members' agenda."
According to OOGA, Hammond has
an extensive background in government
affairs, working on energy policy. Prior
to joining OOGA as senior vice
president in January, Hammond served
as principal for Vorys Advisors LLC
where he worked closely with members
of the state legislature, the governor's
office and state agencies, primarily

focused in advising oil and gas clients.
Previously, Hammond was senior
director of government affairs for
Chesapeake Energy Corp., where he
served as a member of OOGA's
Executive Committee and Board of
Trustees (see story, page 159). r

Oklahoma's Regulators
Revise Seismicity Plan
OKLAHOMA CITY-The Oklahoma
Corporation Commission has revised its
seismicity protocols for oil and gas
activities planned for the state's SCOOP
and STACK plays, and says it has
developed the new policy to further
reduce the chances of a felt earthquake
resulting from well completion
activities in Oklahoma's biggest oil and
gas plays.
In December 2016, the OCC's Oil
and Gas Conservation Division and
Oklahoma Geological Survey released a
seismicity protocol for SCOOP and
STACK operators. According to Tim
Baker, director of the division, the
industry cooperated in developing the
protocol, but data gathered since it went
into effect supported new actions.
"The overall induced earthquake rate
has decreased over the past year, but the
number of felt earthquakes that may be
linked to well completion activity,
including hydraulic fracturing, in the
SCOOP and STACK has increased,"
Baker says. "These events are relatively
rare and smaller on average than those
linked to injection activity. Most
importantly, the risk of such events
appears to be manageable. Learning
how to mitigate the risk of causing such
events is an ongoing process."
According to the agencies, changes
to the protocol include:
* Requiring all operators in the
defined area to have access to a seismic
array that will provide real-time
seismicity readings;
* Lowering the minimum level at
which an operator must take action
from a 2.5 magnitude to 2.0;
* Requiring operators to pause
activity for six hours after a 2.5
magnitude event, instead of a 3.0 trigger.
Data gathered during the past year
indicate earlier action may be best,
Baker suggests. "While more study
needs to be done, the indications are
that those operators who have their


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