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DRBC votes to begin process of banning natural gas development
A joint federal-state commission voted last Wednesday to move ahead with a rulemaking that would prohibit horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing across a large swath of eastern Pennsylvania, as well as the states of New York, Delaware and New Jersey.

In a meeting of the board of the Delaware Basin River Commission, commissioners voted to publish for public comment a set of revised draft regulations for drilling operations within the river basin, which includes portions of the Marcellus Shale. The vote was 3-1-1, with representatives of Delaware, New York and Pennsylvania voting yes, the Army Corps of Engineers, the federal government's representative voting no, and the New Jersey representative abstaining.

The revised draft regulations, which have been in the offing for about seven years, would prohibit the use of horizontal drilling and fracking in the basin, but would provide for the "safe and protective storage, treatment and disposal" of wastewater from horizontal drilling and fracking operations outside of the basin. The proposed rules would also regulate the inter-basin transfer of fresh water and wastewater. <Continue reading>

Budget update - take action to head off new energy taxes
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives approved a no-new-taxes budget revenue package last week. While that's certainly good news, lawmakers from both chambers still must resolve differences between the House-passed legislation and the Senate's version that includes a natural gas severance tax and a gross receipts tax on sales of natural gas.

We urge you to take the time to contact both your senator and representative and urge them to find a budget solution that is not balanced on the backs of our industry and Pennsylvania's natural gas users. Please act now to remind them that a severance tax would harm our industry, kill jobs and hurt hardworking families across the Commonwealth. Don't know how to contact your legislators? Everything you need is here.
Coming up in October:
Annual Meeting and Networking Reception
It takes place Thursday, October 5, at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh Cranberry. The Annual Meeting runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and includes reports from PIOGA's committees and staff, introductions of Board of Directors members, and an open forum. A networking reception follows the meeting. The event is free, but registration is required. Click here for details. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the work of your association and meet other members.

Air Quality Compliance Training
The next installment in PIOGA's Technical Training Series happens on Tuesday, October 12, at CONSOL's headquarters in Canonsburg. The five-hour course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the factors that influence air emissions, an overview of the regulations as they relate to oil and gas operations, compliance, and testing methods. The training is organized by PIOGA's Environmental Committee in conjunction with partners All4, Inc., Clean Air Engineering, Inc. and Spilman, Thomas & Battle. To learn more and register before October 6, use this link.
Conference/program discounts for PIOGA members
Platts 10th Annual Appalachian Oil & Gas Conference, scheduled for October 23-24 in downtown Pittsburgh, will provide expert opinions from industry leaders on gas and NGL production, downstream markets, takeaway capacity and regional midstream infrastructure. PIOGA members are entitled to a $350 discount off the regular registration cost, using the code PD733PIOGA. For more information and registration, click here.
The 2017 Natural Gas for High Horsepower (HHP) Summit will convene industry leaders from the E&P, marine, mining, rail and power gen sectors, November 6-9 in Jacksonville, Florida. The event showcases the innovative and growing use of natural gas - in both its liquefied (LNG) and compressed (CNG) form, across a wide variety of energy-intensive downstream applications. The agenda will feature dozens of end-user case studies that will highlight North America's exciting natural gas HHP market momentum and technical tours of natural gas marine, rail, and on-road trucking projects, as well as several brand new natural gas infrastructure and bunkering projects. PIOGA members receive a $50 discount with the code PA50 BB when registering on the event website. Members are advised to choose the end-user rate when registering, and that all fees increase after October 1.
This just in: SMC Business Councils invites PIOGA members to participate in its Annual Legislative Reception & Small Business Issues Forum on Thursday, September 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. at The Rivers Club in Pittsburgh. You can spend anevening interacting with elected officials, regional leaders, and your business colleagues whileenjoying good food, cocktails and camaraderie. PIOGA members can take advantage of the $45 rate available until September 22 or $60 afterward. Details and registration are here.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Program revisions
In a notice in the September 16 Pennsylvania Bulletin, the Department of Environmental Protection announced the continued availability of grants under the Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Rebate Program. The program provides rebates to assist with the incremental costs of purchasing an AFV.

Qualifying vehicles must be operated primarily in Pennsylvania, and rebate request forms and required documentation must be submitted to the department no later than six months after the vehicle is purchased. DEP announced the following revisions have been made to the program:
  • The purchase price of any vehicle eligible for a rebate must be less than $50,000.
  • One-time pre-owned AFVs with 75,000 miles or less and a true market value of $50,000 or less will be eligible to receive a rebate provided they meet certain conditions.
Full details about the program are available here.

Don't forget to vote
Ten members are vying for seven seats on the PIOGA Board of Directors. A ballot has been mailed to the main representative of each PIOGA member company and must be returned to the PIOGA office by mail or hand-delivered no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, September 29. Only one election ballot per member company can be submitted.
Under PIOGA's bylaws, board members are elected by simple majority. The seven candidates receiving the most votes will be chosen to serve a three-year term beginning with the PIOGA Annual Meeting on October 5. Please take the time to help choose who will lead our organization during this important time for our industry. You can read profiles of the candidates and the companies they represent in the September issue of The PIOGA Press.
If you have questions about voting or if you did not receive your ballot in the mail, please contact Danielle Boston at 724-933-7306 ext. 28 or danielle@pioga.org.

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Upcoming Events

PIOGA Come Wine With Us Networking Event, September 20, Wooden Door Winery, New Kensington
Gas, Cracker, Polymer, Pellets - Ethane's Journey to Plastics, September 21, Penn State Extension webinar
IOGCC Annual Conference, October 1-3, Pittsburgh

PIOGA Annual Tax & Accounting Seminar, November 30, location TBA 

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