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DEP highlights oil & gas notices in the July 14 Pennsylvania Bulletin
The Department of Environmental Protection has alerted the industry to three oil and gas related notices published in this past Saturday's edition of The Pennsylvania Bulletin:

A comment period is open until August 13 to provide input on a rulemaking to increase the permit fee from $5,000 for nonvertical unconventional wells and $4,200 for vertical unconventional wells to $12,500 for all unconventional wells. DEP lays out its rationale for the significant increase in the PA Bulletin notice above. Comments may be submitted via the Commonwealth's eComment system. PIOGA will be submitting comments on behalf of its members, but individual companies are encouraged to comment as well.

Also available for comment until August 13 via the eComment system is the draft of the next version of the Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit, or ESCGP-3. DEP points out that the only document formally included in this notice is the Authorization of Coverage, or general permit. The department will make updated draft versions of the following available for review shortly:
  • ESCGP-3 Transition Plan
  • Notice of Intent (NOI) for Coverage under ESCGP-3
  • Instructions for the NOI for coverage under ESCGP-3
  • NOI administrative completeness checklist
These updated drafts will be available on the department's Oil and Gas website and a separate notice will be sent when they are posted for review.

Note that the draft ESCGP-3 will be discussed in depth at the July 26 PIOGATech described below. PIOGA also will be developing comments on the proposed permit update.

A Commonwealth Court order extended the deadline to register existing impoundments to August 27, 2018. Existing impoundments have until June 28, 2019 to upgrade to meet the new impoundment requirements in 25 Pa Code Section 78a59b(b). The court order establishes updated compliance deadlines for registration, certification, updates and closure of well development impoundments in use as of October 8, 2016.
PIOGA Threatened & Endangered Species and Erosion & Sedimentation Training
The registration deadline is fast approaching for PIOGA's Threatened & Endangered Species and Erosion & Sedimentation Training, which takes place Thursday, July 26, at the Pittsburgh office of Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
 
Registrations are due by Monday, July 23.
 
PIOGA's Environmental Committee is hosting this training in conjunction with our partnersCivil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.,Fire Cherry Consulting, Inc., the Ruffed Grouse Society and Wilkes University. Topics and presenters for the five-hour class include:
  • Threatened & Endangered Species Update, Dan Maltese, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Native Seed Mixes for Reclamation, Dr. Linda Ordiway, Ruffed Grouse Society
  • Regulatory Update, Bruce Snyder, Fire Cherry Consulting, Inc., and Paul Kanouff, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • PADEP ePermitting, Vince Scicchitano, P.E., Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
  • Lessons Learned for E&S Inspections, Eric Ondrasik and Marc Strini, Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc
  • ESCGP-3 Update, Brian Lantz, P.E., Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc.
Cost is $100 for PIOGA members and $150 for nonmembers. For further information and to register, click here.
The Environmental Partnership sets date for Appalachian Workshop
We recently told you about The Environmental Partnership, a new voluntary program comprised of companies in the oil and gas industry committed to continuously improving industry's environmental performance in the arena of air emissions. The Partnership has now confirmed the date of its Appalachian Summer Workshop, which will be held July 26 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg.

Among the reasons to attend this conference:
  • Get an update onrecent and pending national regulatory developments that will impact your operations in the coming months and years.
  • Hear about one company's compliance audit experience and EPA's New Owner Clean Air Audit Program for Oil and Natural Gas Exploration and Production Facilities.
  • Better understandhow to effectively implement andadminister a leak detection and repair (LDAR) program.
  • Learn how emissions were reduced by transitioning to instrument air from high-bleed, gas-driven pneumatic controllers.

The event should be particularly useful to oil and gas production company staff such as facility engineers; health, safety and environment professionals; and site operations and maintenance staff. There is no charge to participate, but space is limited.

 

To learn more and register, click here.

Events

7/18/2018
PIOGA's 100th Anniversary Celebration

7/26/2018
PIOGA's Erosion & Sedimentation (E&S) and Threatened & Endangered Species (T&E) Training

PIOGA News

 
Centennial Commemorative knife. As part of PIOGA's celebration of 100 years of working together on behalf of Pennsylvania's crude oil and natural gas industry, we have commissioned a commemorative knife from W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company in Bradford. The limited edition, collector quality knife and wooden storage box feature PIOGA's 100th Anniversary logo. Click here to learn how to get yours before they're gone.
 
It's Divot Diggers time! The 21st edition of the popular golf outing organized by PIOGA's Environmental Committee is set for Thursday, August 23, at Tam O'Shanter Golf Club in Hermitage. Everyone must sponsor at one of two levels in order to participate in the event. There are also plenty of great prizes and a delicious steak fry dinner afterward. Find out how you can get in on the fun here.

Read the July issue of The PIOGA Press



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