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Have you urged your state representative to say no to a severance tax?
Although leaders of Pennsylvania's House of Representatives continue to express skepticism about the Senate-passed budget revenue package that includes a severance tax on unconventional natural gas production, nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to politics.

House leaders have not announced a timetable for taking up a revenue plan of their own, so there is still time to reach out to your representative in opposition to a severance tax. Please take the time to call his or her district office (the House is not in session at this time) or try to schedule a meeting to express your concerns. Need to know how to identify and contact your representative? Use this link and click on My Officials to get started.

The Senate-passed tax initially would be 2 cents per Mcf, but could increase to as much as 3.5 cents depending on the price of natural gas. The tax would be levied on top of the existing unconventional well impact fee. Additionally, the legislation would burden natural gas users with a 5.7 percent gross receipts tax.
Please let your elected officials know how a severance tax will hurt your business, whether you are a producer or a company that serves the oil and gas industry, and encourage them to seek other ways of solving Pennsylvania's budget problems other than on the back our industry and the state's businesses and citizens.
Tips, Tools and Strategies for Completing a Root Cause Accident Investigation
Root cause accident investigations (RCAs) provide insight required to understand and prevent the causes of near misses and undesirable incidents. Managing a successful RCA requires a well-organized and systematic approach. Please join our panel of industrial, legal and regulatory experts on September 14 in Canonsburg as they provide tips, tools and strategies for completing a comprehensive and successful RCA.

Organized by PIOGA's Safety Committee, the program is entitled "Tips, Tools and Strategies for Completing a Root Cause Accident Investigation." It will cover these topics:
  • OSHA Tips and Resources for Conducting Root Cause Analysis Investigations
  • Reducing Risk through Root Cause Analysis- A Practical Approach for Oil and Gas Operations
  • Incident Investigation Tips & Techniques aka "The Lumberjack's Guide to RCA Trees"
  • Emergency Response and Crisis Management: Legal considerations and pitfalls to avoid during crucial investigations
The registration deadline is September 8, but space is limited so don't wait to make your reservation. Click here for complete details and registration.
Derrick Day at the Penn Brad Oil Museum
Need something fun and educational to do this Saturday? Check out the Annual Derrick Day at the Penn Brad Oil Museum just south of Bradford. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free, and in addition to access to the museum there will be demonstrations of early oilfield equipment, candle making, basket weaving food and beverages, and more.
The Penn Brad Oil Museum is dedicated to preserving the rich oil and gas heritage of the region. Click here for event details.
Join us for fun, networking and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball
SMC Business Councils invites PIOGA members for some baseball, fun and networking on Thursday, August 24, as the Pittsburgh Pirates take on the LA Dodgers in a 4:05 p.m. game at PNC Park. The cost is $50 per person, which includes admission to the Miller Lite Deck, food and beer.

Space is limited, so register today!

Tips, Tools, and Strategies for Completing a Comprehensive Root Cause Accident Investigation


Upcoming Events

PIOGA Annual Membership Meeting, October 5, DoubleTree Pittsburgh/Cranberry

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

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