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Divot Diggers moves to October 4
Due to scheduling conflicts, we are moving the 19th Annual Divot Diggers Golf Outing to Tuesday, October 4. The outing, which is organized by PIOGA's Environmental Committee, had been scheduled for this Thursday, September 22. It takes place at Tam O'Shanter Golf Club in Hermitage.

A unique feature of the event is that everyone who participates also must sponsor at one of two levels. This enables us to offer lots of great prizes, along with 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and a great steak fry afterward. Due to industry conditions, we have lowered costs to ensure that everyone who would like to participate is able to do so. Click here for a registration form and more information. The registration deadline is Wednesday, September 28.
McDonnell gets nod as permanent DEP secretary
With an affirmative vote of the state Senate in the coming weeks, the "acting" will be removed from Patrick McDonnell's title at the Department of Environmental Protection. Last week, Governor Wolf nominated the DEP veteran to head the agency. McDonnell has served as acting secretary since the resignation of John Quigley in May.

Prior to his appointment as acting secretary, McDonnell was DEP director of policy, overseeing the agency's regulation and policy development processes. In addition, he ran the State Energy Office and was charged with coordination of renewable energy and energy efficiency issues. Before that, McDonnell was executive policy manager for former Commissioner Pamela A. Witmer of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, focusing on electric, natural gas and water issues as well as cybersecurity and the impact of environmental regulation on energy markets. Previous to that McDonnell spent 13 years with DEP in a variety of roles.
Getting to know the enemy
Regular readers of The PIOGA Press will have heard of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Foundation (CELDF) and the group's role in crafting and defending attempts by local governments to ban or limit oil and gas activities. PIOGA has been involved in helping member company Pennsylvania General Energy defeat such actions in Grant Township, Indiana County. Additionally, PIOGA member Seneca Resources has been fighting against CELDF-directed attempts to prohibit a wastewater injection well in Highland Township, Elk County.

PIOGA Vice President and General Counsel Kevin Moody has become something of an expert on who CELDF is and what the organization is really trying to accomplish. Last week he delivered a presentation on the topic at an industry gathering in Pittsburgh, and one of our favorite tell-it-like-it-is blogs, Natural Gas Now, provided an excellent synopsis of Kevin's talk. The posting is titled "A Primer on CELDF Radicalism," and you can read it here.
2016 PIOGA Buyers' Guide
PIOGA has again partnered with Strategic Value Media - a leading provider of print and digital media solutions for national, state and local trade and membership associations - to produce the 2016 edition of PIOGA Buyers' Guide, the premier resource of relevant products and services for oil and gas professionals. This will be the second year that the Buyers' Guide is produced.

Like the 2015 version, the 2016 edition of the Buyers' Guide will feature updated and expanded company and product listings, in addition to other valuable information relating to the industry. The Buyers' Guide provides users with an efficient way to browse for goods and services and offers suppliers and companies exceptional visibility by showcasing their products and services to a targeted, industry-specific buyer group.

All PIOGA Service Provider and Professional Firm members receive a listing in the guide with the PIOGA logo to indicate your company is a member. Contact Strategic Value Media to discuss other options of getting your business more visibilityin the guide.
Event notes:
DEP mechanical integrity testing webinar. The Department of Environmental Protection invites industry to participate in a webinar to discuss the recent analysis of two years of mechanical integrity data submitted to the department by oil and gas well operators. The webinar will be conducted at 1 p.m., Thursday, September 29. DEP will discuss the mechanical integrity assessment data for 2014-15 as well as results of a field verification study and office audit of the of the data. Following the presentation there will be an opportunity for a short Q&A for participants. To register for the webinar, use this link.

Discussing Indiana County opportunities. How can Indiana County benefit from Shell's cracker plant in Beaver County as well as other downstream and manufacturing opportunities expected to follow because of affordable, abundant natural gas? To answer the question, the Indiana County Center for Economic Operations has arranged for a panel presentation by industry experts on Friday, September 30, in the Toretti Auditorium at Indiana University of Pennsylvania beginning with a meet-and-greet session at 8:30 a.m., followed by the panel discussion from 9 to 10 a.m. and then a question-and-answer session until 11 a.m. The event is free, but seating is limited. For more information, contact Dana P. Henry at 724-465-2662 or dphenry@ceo.co.indiana.pa.us.

Midstream PA 2016. This October 13 conference at State College has once again secured key decision makers to discuss projects such as the Mariner East 2, PennEast and Atlantic Sunrise projects - plus a lot more! Attendance is limited to maximize the networking opportunities. With only 3 weeks left for the conference, make sure to register today because it's almost sold out.


Divot Diggers Golf Outing

PIOGA's Annual Meeting and Retirement Celebration for Lou D'Amico


Annual Meeting: Save the date! PIOGA's Annual Meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 3, at the DoubleTree Pittsburgh/ Cranberry. The meeting will be from 2 to 4 p.m., with a special reception to follow. Watch for more information and make plans to attend.

Board of Directors elections. The primary representative of each PIOGA member company has been mailed a ballot for 2016 Board of Directors voting. Ballots must be received by the PIOGA office no later than October 28. Please be sure to take this opportunity to help guide the future of your association.

PIOGA's outgoing and incoming executives highlighted. The retiring Lou D'Amico and his replacement, Dan Weaver, were profiled in separate news reports in the past week. Read about Lou here and Dan here.

Click here to read the September issue of The PIOGA Press.

Upcoming Events

PIOGA Divot Diggers Golf Outing, October 4, Tam O'Shanter Golf Club, Hermitage. Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 28!

Midstream PA 2016, October 13, The Penn Stater, State College

9th Annual Appalachian Oil & Gas Conference, October 25-26, Pittsburgh. PIOGA members receive a $350 discount off the regular registration fee. Use code PD633PIOGA.


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