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Happening in Harrisburg
PIOGA's latest billboard (shown above) is at westbound mile 143 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and delivers a strong message about a natural gas severance tax. We're pleased to report that indications are the tax advocated by Governor Wolf is off the table as part the current state budget negotiations (although, as they say, it's not over until it's over).

That wasn't the only interesting news out of Harrisburg last week. Another development was Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee passage on Tuesday of Senate Bill 1189, a measure that would require compensation for mineral owners if the Delaware River Basin Commission adopts regulations banning unconventional natural gas development within the basin. Additionally, the committee did not act as scheduled on House Bill 2154, which would place conventional oil and gas operations under their own statute separate from Act 13 of 2012. PIOGA and other advocates for the legislation are continuing to work on the bill so that its passage can be assured.

On Tuesday the 19th, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to take up HB 2304 implementing permitting reforms proposed in a DEP white paper in January, including permitting of multiple wells on one pad with one application, allowing adjustments to the well bore location by up to 50 feet without permit amendments and eliminating the requirement a well be constructed in one year and replace it with a three-year term.
An invitation to participate in The Environmental Partnership
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has launched a new collaborative initiative for producers and midstream operators aimed at voluntarily reducing air emissions. Called The Environmental Partnership, the program was founded on three pillars: Taking Action, Learning and Collaborating.Participant companies will initially agree to "take action" by implementing one or more of the three performance program areas aimed at reducing air emissions, related to LDAR, high-bleed pneumatic controllers and liquids unloading operations.

Workshops and conferences will also be held to learn from other operators' experiences and successes, and collaborate by sharing the latest science, technology and data. A workshop for the week of July 23 is being planned for Canonsburg.
 
There is no cost to participate, and more than 35 companies nationwide have signed on so far. PIOGA supports the initiative and we encourage producers and midstream companies to learn more about the Partnership to determine if it something you can incorporate into your operations. Click on the link above to find out more, or you can contact Matthew Todd, Program Director, at 202-682-8319 or toddm@theenvironmentalpartnership.org.
 
PIOGA will provide more information about the Canonsburg workshop when available. The event will be free to attend.
Penn State study: Bradford County water quality improves; impacts rare near shale gas wells
A new Penn State study of groundwater in a rural Pennsylvania county shows only rare instances of possible gas contamination amid an overall trend of improving water quality despite heavy Marcellus Shale development.

By investigating data from gas companies, the state, and the U.S. Geological Survey, researchers saw possible contamination by natural gas near no more than seven out of 1,385 shale wells studied in heavily drilled Bradford County. The rest of the water chemistry data highlighted that groundwater had either improved or remained level from samples taken prior to the 1990s.

"The most interesting thing we discovered was the groundwater chemistry in one of the areas most heavily developed for shale gas - an area with 1400 new gas wells - does not appear to be getting worse with time, and may even be getting better," said Susan Brantley, director of Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and distinguished professor of geosciences. "But using data analytics we could also see rare sites that warrant more investigation for possible gas anomalies."

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DEP finalizes GP-5/5A permits
The Department of Environmental Protection announced last week that it was releasing final versions of General Permit 5 and 5A to control methane emissions from unconventional natural gas operations at well sites, compressor stations, and processing and transmission facilities. The permits go into effect on August 8.
 
The newly revised GP-5 and GP-5A will be required for new compression, processing and transmission stations along pipelines, and new natural gas wells, respectively. In addition to the methane controls, the permits also set thresholds on other emissions. Operators will be required to meet federal new source standards and state Best Available Technology (BAT) included in the permit conditions for equipment and processes.
 
The permit revisions, which have been under development since December 2016, are the first step in the Wolf administration's Methane Reduction Strategy. When initially unveiled, the permit requirements were particularly onerous, although improvements have been made in subsequent revisions. Under the governor's strategy, DEP also plans to impose methane controls on existing wells.
Advisory regarding the Pennsylvania Supreme Court MSC v. DEP decision
PIOGA is providing this advisory for members regarding the Chapter 78a regulations that the Commonwealth Court preliminarily enjoined in MSC v DEP in November 2016. On June 1, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part the order of the Commonwealth Court.
 
Please inform your environmental and regulatory personnel that the Supreme Court has affirmed the injunctive relief as to Counts I (Public Resources) and II (Area of Review), as well as Count IV, with respect to centralized impoundments, Section 78a.59c. These injunctions will remain in place until resolution of the litigation on the merits by the Commonwealth Court.
 
The Supreme Court reversed the grant of relief in Count IV with respect to freshwater impoundments, Section 78a.59b(b) and Count V, Section 78a.65(d) (restoration).
 
With this reversal, companies should immediately review the obligations in Sections 78a.59b(b) and 78a.65(d), including registration of freshwater impoundments and certification that such impoundments comply with requirements for liners, fencing and storing mine influenced water. Companies should also review site restoration obligations under Section 78a.65, which is generally implemented through the ESCGP-2.
 
Please consult with your counsel if you have specific questions about your company's operations.
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PIOGA's 100th Anniversary Celebration
This year we are commemorating 100 years of proudly serving Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry. The big celebration will be on Wednesday, July 18, appropriately enough at Drake Well Museum in Titusville. Also part of the festivities is a PIOGA Political Action Committee event the evening before that will feature an excursion train ride on the Oil Creek & Titusville Railroad.

PIOGA traces its roots back to the 1918 founding of the Pennsylvania Oil, Gas and Minerals Association, which you can read about in the January issue of The PIOGA Press.

Registration is now available. For complete details, visit on the event page of our website. It will be an enjoyable event honoring our trade association and the history of Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry, and we hope you'll be a part of it.

Events

7/12/2018
PGMD Committee's LNG Tour at UGI

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

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

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  Digital marketing services for PIOGA members. Service Provider and Professional Firm members will soon receive information about digital marketing services aimed at small and medium-size companies in our industry. PIOGA and MultiView have partnered to offer this new benefit for members. If you are contacted by a MultiView representative, please be aware that this is a legitimate program endorsed by your association. A flyer outlining the services available can be found here.
 
PIOGA member incentive program. Did you know that by recruiting a new member you can earn credits that can be used toward PIOGA event fees, sponsorships, advertising or offsetting your own dues? Learn more by clicking here.



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