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PIOGA files lawsuit challenging PA One Call municipal activity fee billing structure
PIOGA tried to work out this dispute with PA One Call during the four years the General Assembly was considering the reauthorization of the UULPL, but PA One Call would not alter its methodology or rate structure, forcing PIOGA to initiate this action. A copy of PIOGA's petition is available here.
Registration deadline is this Wednesday for PIOGA's big fall event!
Online registration ends this Wednesday, September 18, for PIOGA's September 24 and 25 Fall Conference, Equipment & Vendor Show and Golf/Clay Shoot at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Yes, you can register onsite; however, you'll save money (and help us plan more accurately) by signing up online before the deadline.

The conference portion is on Tuesday the 24th and runs from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to hear from two great keynotes: Robert "Rusty" Hutson, Jr., co-founder and CEO of Diversified Gas & Oil, will be the luncheon speaker, and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch of the Best of the Batch Foundation will wrap things up. The program will feature two concurrent sessions:

  • CFA Grant Program Overview for Well Plugging - Seth Pelepko, PA Department of Environmental Protection; and Dave Ochs, Kriebel Companies and PA Grade Crude Development Advisory Council member
  • An Operator, a Consultant and a Regulator Walk into a Room: A How-To Guide on PA DEP's ePermitting System for Air Quality Permits from Varying Perspectives - Stephanie Friel, Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Devin Tomko, PA DEP; and Kristin Ryan, Equitrans Midstream
  • Modern Transactions & Historical Clauses: The Effect of Legacy Agreements on Current Interest Conveyances - Daniel McLane, Eckert Seamans
  • The Do's and Don'ts of Being a Mentor and Being Mentored - Sara Blascovich, HDR, Inc.
  • The New World of Digital Marketing in the Oil & Gas Industry - Clark Johnson, 535 Media, LLC
  • Navigating Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Act in the Energy Industry - Zack Bombatch, Steptoe & Johnson
Afterward, stay for some fun and networking, including indoor and outdoor vendors, carnival-themed games, music, a barbecue dinner and more. Golf and sporting clays competition will take place on Thursday morning, the 25th.
Exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities
The event also provides some excellent opportunities to highlight your company and its products and services, whether through one of the many sponsorships or as a vendor. Both indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces are available - and it's not too late to sign up!
For registration and other details, visit our event page.
Opinion: The crackers and frackers could hold the keys to 2020
(Salena Vito - Washington Examiner) All Darrin Kelly wanted for the energy workers in Western Pennsylvania was that the Democratic presidential hopefuls would talk to them before going to war against shale.That opportunity slipped away last Friday when Elizabeth Warren joined Bernie Sanders in calling for a total fracking ban.
"On my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that puts a total moratorium on all new fossil-fuel leases for drilling offshore and on public lands. And I will ban fracking - everywhere," Warren tweeted.

"It is disappointing that any national candidate would not come in here and want to talk to the men and women of this area first before unilaterally making that decision," said Kelly, a charismatic Pittsburgh firefighter who is also the head of the powerful and influential Allegheny Fayette Labor Council. They represent workers stretching from Pittsburgh to the borders of Maryland and West Virginia.

The rest of the Democratic hopefuls will follow suit, with the possible exceptions of Joe Biden and Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan. At least that's the prediction of Keystone College political science professor Jeff Brauer.

"The natural gas industry employs well over 40,000 people just in this region alone," Kelly said. "Countless more indirectly, providing economic opportunity for generations of families and communities that had been hollowed out by the demise of manufacturing and coal in this area."

DEP staff change of note
We are told that Krishnan Ramamurthy becomes the Department of Environmental Protection's next deputy secretary of Waste, Air, Radiation & Remediation, effective September 14. Dave Allard has been serving as acting deputy secretary and will return to his position as the director of the Bureau of Radiation Protection.
The Power of PIOGA: How to add value to your membership
Two years ago, we put together a packet of information that we called "What has PIOGA done for you? What can PIOGA do for you?" The packet was mailed to all members and included information about the many things PIOGA is involved with and how companies can add value to their membership by participating in committees, attending events and other means.

We have just finished updating the packet and have refocused it somewhat as a member-recruitment tool to let companies know about the advantages of PIOGA membership. It's now called "The Power of PIOGA - Influence, Information, Ideas: Why Membership Matters." We still think it's still a must-read for members too. You can find an electronic version here on our website.

We encourage you to share the link with prospective members, or provide us with their name and address and we will be happy to mail them a hard copy.

9/24/2019 » 9/25/2019

2019 PIOGA Annual Membership Meeting

PIOGATech - Workplace Security

11/6/2019 » 11/7/2019
2019 Marcellus to Manufacturing Conference


Registration now open for workplace security training. The next installment in our Technical Seminar Series will address workplace security issues including active shooter, office security, site security and public relations management strategy. It will take place, Thursday, October 17, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Canonsburg. The daylong event is hosted by PIOGA's Safety Committee along with our partners JS Held, Meinert/Mashek Communications and RETTEW. Wilkes University will once again provide continuing education credits for participants. Click here for more information and to register.
Join us at the Annual Meeting! Registration also is open for PIOGA's Annual Membership Meeting, which occurs on October 15 at The Chadwick in Wexford. The event will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and is an opportunity to learn all about the work of the association over the past year and our priorities going forward and to offer your input. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is required. Click here to learn more, including details of a special sponsorship opportunity. 

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!



2019-2020 Membership Directories Now Available!  All members should have received one copy per location in the mail. If you would like to order additional copies for $10 (to cover fees for the directory and shipping) please click here to order.