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PIOGA reacts to Wolf's latest severance tax proposal
For the third year in a row, Governor Tom Wolf has presented the legislature with a proposed budget that includes a natural gas severance tax.

PIOGA Threatened & Endangered Species Training
PIOGA's Environmental Committee is pleased to host this training as part of our PIOGAtech series on February 23 in Pittsburgh in conjunction with our partnersCivil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.,Firecherry Consulting, Inc., Wildlife Specialists, LLC, Independent Petroleum Association of America and Wilkes University.

The five-hour course is designed to provide an update on current and anticipated threatened and endangered species issues as well as how to address potential conflicts. Topics include:
  • Bat Update
  • Threatened & Endangered Plants
  • Federal Issues
  • Rattlesnake Update
  • PNDI Species Listing Process
Learn more and register here. The registration deadline is February 20, but seats are limited, so be sure to register now!
Save the date: PIOGAtech safety training
PIOGA's Safety Committee will be offering a training opportunity on March 23 addressing emergency management. Tentatively, it will be a half-day course held at the PIOGA office in Wexford. Watch your email for complete details and registration soon.
Comments open on DEP general permits
The Department of Environmental Protection has opened a public comment period for input on two general permits and revisions to an air quality permit exemption for reducing methane and other pollutants at natural gas well sites and compressor stations. The comment period runs until March 21.

DEP said in a release that the proposals were drafted after discussions with industry stakeholders, environmental professionals and residents over the past year following Governor Tom Wolf's announcement of his initiative to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.

The proposed General Permit 5A (GP-5A) and the revised General Permit 5 (GP-5) establish updated best available technology requirements for the industry regarding air emission limits, source testing, leak detection and repair, recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Facilities that would be regulated under the new GP-5A include unconventional natural gas well site operations and remote pigging stations above the exemption threshold, which are used for maintenance on pipelines and are not located at another natural gas facility. The proposed GP-5 revisions would affect compressor stations, transmission stations and processing plants. The proposals can be found here.

PIOGA's Environmental Committee is drafting written comments on behalf of the association.
Events of note:
PIOGA member company ShaleDirectories.com's Upstream PA 2017 will feature former Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Krancer, who will provide a perspective on the Trump administration's energy policy. The event takes place March 21 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College. Use the link above for the agenda and registration.

The Northwest PA Oil and Gas Hub Task Force invites you to a forum that will examine the regional impact of the coming ethane cracker plant in Beaver County and the opportunities the facility will offer. It's scheduled for March 8 at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville. Leaders in industry, economic development and education from Louisiana will share their experiences and what they have learned from the opening of a cracker plant their area. Also, leaders in the oil and gas industry, including PIOGA's Dan Weaver, will update you on the progress within the industry in Pennsylvania. Click here for all the details.

Help preserve and expand conventional oil and gas industry water management options

Pennsylvania's conventional oil and natural gas producers must have access to cost-effective water management and disposal options to survive the oil and gas industry's downturn. Yet the water management companies serving the conventional industry in the Commonwealth are now threatened due to declining volumes as a result of the dramatic reduction of drilling and production by the industry and by a regulatory landscape made more stringent with development of shale.

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PIOGA News

 
Read the February PIOGA Press here.

Upcoming Events


Changes in Global Gas Markets, Penn State Extension webinar, February 16
 
PIOGA Threatened and Endangered Species Training, February 23, Civil & Environmental Consultants offices, Pittsburgh
 

 


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