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Commonwealth Court upholds Penn Township fracking rules
(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Pennsylvania's Commonwealth Court upheld a ruling that will allow gas well fracking to continue in Penn Township.

Environmental Group Protect PT challenged the township's zoning ordinance in court. Westmoreland County Judge Harry Smail Jr. last year ruled the ordinance complied with state law. Protect PT appealed that ruling to Commonwealth Court, which Thursday upheld Smail's decision.

There are two operating gas wells in the township, with nine more in various stages of planning and development.

Protect PT Executive Director Gillian Graver called the ruling "disappointing." "As this type of industrial development gets closer and closer to densely populated areas, more people will be impacted," she said in a statement. "The Commonwealth Court deferred to the trial court's decision, rather than reevaluating the findings, which ignores the most impactful phases of development."

Much of the court debate centered on whether fracking for gas qualifies as a heavy industrial activity.

Join us on December 17 for an air quality PIOGATech and our holiday mixer
The Chadwick in Wexford will be the place to be on Tuesday, December 17, as the PIOGA Environmental Committee hosts is final PIOGATech training of 2019 in a day capped off by PIOGA's annual holiday networking event.

Also on the agenda are meetings of PIOGA's Market Development Committee (2:00-4:00 p.m.) and Executive Committee (12:00-2:00 p.m.).

Air Quality Compliance Training
This training will provide an overview of the air quality regulations and associated compliance obligations currently impacting the oil and gas industry. The course will also cover emissions inventory basics, current developments regarding emissions monitoring and testing, and a legal update on oil and gas air quality topics. The day will close with a panel discussion covering air quality compliance topics.
 
The six-hour class will cover the following topics:.
  • Overview of Air Quality Regulations Affecting Oil and Gas Industry
  • Emission Inventory Basics
  • VOC Measurement Considerations for Compliance Testing
  • Beyond the Air Permit - Managing Air Compliance
  • Update onNext Generation Emission Measurement Approaches
  • Draft/ProposedPennsylvania CTG RACT Rule
  • Subpart OOOOa Proposed Revisions
  • Air Quality Monitoring Considerations for Emergency Response
  • Other Air Quality Concerns
  • Legal Update
  • Panel Discussion
Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with the program running from 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The training is in conjunction with our partners Babst Calland, CleanAir,All4andCivil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (CEC). Click here for more information and registration.

Mix, Mingle & Jingle
Our holiday networking event will go from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and is always a popular way to round out PIOGA's year. There are plenty of sponsorship opportunities to help bring a little more cheer to your fellow members. We also have a special rate for those who take part in both the PIOGATech and holiday mixer. Check the event page for all the details.
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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.
Events

11/21/2019
2019 Oil & Gas Tax and Accounting Seminar

12/10/2019
Diversity Committee Webinar

12/17/2019
2019 Mix, Mingle & Jingle Holiday Party

12/17/2019
2019 PIOGATech Air Quality Compliance


An invitation to participate in PIOGA's new Diversity Committee. The growth of the oil and natural gas industry in Pennsylvania over the last 10 years has resulted in a diverse population of individuals entering our industry. PIOGA recognizes and embraces this shift and has created a Diversity Committee, which will encompass the existing PIOGA Power of Women's Energy Roundtable (PoWER) as well as all aspects of diversity. The committee chair is Jennifer Mosesso of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. 
 
The Diversity Committee will further the goals of PIOGA by encouraging a socially and economically diverse membership in advocating for the responsible growth of Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry. The goals of the group will be to provide social and educational programs on a broad range of diversity topics.  
 
Diversity Committee meetings will be held quarterly, with the kickoff meeting by webinar on Tuesday, December 10, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. If you would like to participate, please RSVP here, and we will send a confirmation with the webinar link.



Something unique for your holiday gift-giving. 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!