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PIOGA: Governor's latest severance tax proposal will impact jobs and reduce competitiveness
Unlike his previous four state budget proposals, Governor Tom Wolf did not include a severance tax in his FY 2019-20 spending plan presented to the General Assembly last week. However, in a proposal closely linked to the budget, the governor is calling for a severance tax on unconventional natural gas production to leverage $4.5 billion in infrastructure and disaster relief spending called "Restore Pennsylvania."

PIOGA strongly criticized the proposal, warning that a severance tax will impact jobs and reduce competitiveness. Natural gas development and the existing unconventional well impact tax already are restoring Pennsylvania, PIOGA President and Executive Director Dan Weaver said.

Read PIOGA's statement here.
Workshop for producers on proposed DEP methane regulations
At the December meeting of its Air Quality Technical Advisory Committee, the Department of Environmental Protection unveiled a preliminary draft of rules to reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds from existing unconventional and conventional oil and gas well sites and related equipment. An initial review of the draft regulations by PIOGA's Environmental Committee reveals they have the potential to impose a large burden on some operators, particularly conventional producers.

On February 27, producer members from PIOGA, PGCC and PIPP will get together at Clarion University in Clarion to learn more about the DEP "CTG-RACT" proposal, how it might impact them and how to get involved in the rulemaking process.

There is no fee to attend, but RSVP is required no later than February 22 via this informational page. The event is open only to oil and gas producers.

For more on the proposed regulations, see page 8 of the January PIOGA Press.
Great Gathering VI: You're involved to Western Pennsylvania's largest business mixer
PIOGA members are invited to attend The Great Energy Gathering IV, an after-work reception on March 20 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg featuring business associations and chambers of commerce from throughout Western Pennsylvania. The networking event is expected to draw nearly 1,000 business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and other professionals.

PIOGA is one of the sponsors of the sixth edition of this annual event and members can attend for $35, a discount of $30 off the regular cost. Registration and more information are available here.

Become a PIOGA Partner
The various Partner levels are described here. If you have questions or are ready to sign on now for 2019, contact Debbie Oyler at debbie@pioga.org or 724-933-7306 ext. 22.





Still available: PIOGA Centennial knives. As part of PIOGA's celebration of 100 years of working together on behalf of Pennsylvania's crude oil and natural gas industry, we  commissioned a commemorative knife from W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Company. The limited edition, collector quality knife and wooden display box feature PIOGA's 100th Anniversary logo. It's a great collector's piece and also makes a unique gift for coworkers, industry colleagues and petroleum history enthusiasts. Order yours now!


Spring Meeting registration open! Attendee and exhibitor registration opened today for PIOGA's 2019 Spring Meeting, which takes place April 10 at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. Register now for the early bird discount!
Cigar networking event is full. PIOGA's February 21 cigar networking event at The Loft at Edgewater in Oakmont is filled up. No walk-ins will be permitted due to space limitations. If you want to be placed on a waiting list in case of cancellations, please email Debbie Oyler
Ohio DNR seeks proposals for plugging orphan wells. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is seeking oil and gas contractors to plug orphan wells. ODNR's Orphan Well Program is on pace to offer projects to plug 173 wells during fiscal year 2019. Last year, the program encumbered $6 million in projects to plug 83 orphan wells. House Bill 225 became effective in September 2018, increasing the funding of the program, and created projected allocations of over $20 million for FY 2020 and 2021. The ODNR Division of Oil and Gas Resources Management has identified more than 700 orphan wells across the state. This increase in funding and inventory of orphan wells create abundant opportunities for plugging contractors. More information on becoming a certified contractor and participating in the program can be found here.