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PIOGA Fall Conference: Join us under the tent at Seven Springs!
Our Fall Conference and Sports Outing is on for next month, and we will be holding the conference portion outdoors under tent. Yes, you read that right! Rest assured that we will be following all Pennsylvania and CDC guidelines concerning COVID-19 that are in place at the time of the event. Our goal is to deliver an excellent, in-person event while recognizing today's realities.

The full event is spread over three days at beautiful Seven Springs Mountain Resort. You can choose to take part in one, two or all three days. Here's what you can expect:
  • Tuesday, September 22. Clay shoot from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the amazing Seven Springs course. Lunch is included in your registration fee and will run from 11 a.m. to noon.
  • Wednesday, September 23. The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., followed by a VIP PIOGA Political Action Committee Reception from 4:30 to 5:30, conference reception from 5:30 to 6:15 and dinner at 6:15. The excellent conference lineup can be found on the event page.
  • Thursday, September 24. A golf outing will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the scenic Seven Springs Course. Lunch is included.
Outdoor exhibit space is available for Wednesday during the conference. PIOGA will supply a 6-foot table and two chairs, and you must provide your own canopy if desired. Spaces will be roughly 10 feet by 10 feet in size. The exhibit cost of $1,000 for PIOGA members and $1,500 for nonmembers includes conference registrations and dinner for two people and acknowledgement as a Bronze level sponsor.

Sponsorships are available for both sporting events that include four entries to the clay shoot or golf outing. For the conference day, an array of multiple and exclusive sponsorships are offered. Want to sponsor the tent? It's available! All sponsorships include recognition in promotional material, at the event and afterward in The PIOGA Press.

For details on lodging, registration and more, visit the event page. See you on the mountain in September for an excellent program, good food and drink, networking, and fresh air!
State senators ask Pennsylvania congressional delegation to include funding for well plugging in next stimulus bill
State Senators Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Gene Yaw (R-23), as chairs of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, sent a letter to all members of the Pennsylvania congressional delegation requesting dedicated federal funding in the next stimulus bill, for  plugging abandoned and orphan oil and gas wells across the Commonwealth.

The letter notes there are more than 10,000 wells on the Department of Environmental Protection's Orphan Well List awaiting plugging, along with tens of thousands of additional abandoned wells that would qualify to be plugged by DEP. The lack of resources to address these wells impacts both the environment and the conventional oil and gas industry.

"The conventional oil and gas industry has been a crucial economic and employment driver in Pennsylvania for over a century," Senator Yaw said.  "This industry, like many others, has not been immune to the effects associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including industry-wide layoffs.  Federal stimulus dollars can get many of those unemployed back to work, while at the same time plug thousands of orphaned and abandoned conventional wells across the state."

"This kind of investment would create hundreds of needed jobs, while also eliminating some of the most damaging pollution to our environment," Senator Santarsiero said, noting that dedicated federal funding for this initiative would provide DEP with the necessary resources to plug the orphan wells, protecting our environment, while supporting the conventional oil and gas industry.

"While there are many industries competing for stimulus funding, this is a 'win-win' situation, as both environmental advocates and industry leaders support taking action on this issue, which will also support workers who have been hard-hit during the pandemic," continued Santarsiero.
DEP releases final technical guidance: Policy for the Replacement or Restoration of Private Water Supplies Impacted by Unconventional Operations
On August 8, the Department of Environmental Protection published the notice of availability of final Technical Guidance Document (TGD) 800-0810-002, Policy for the Replacement or Restoration of Private Water Supplies Impacted by Unconventional Operations. A copy of the final TGD is available here.

This TGD is intended to memorialize existing department policy relating to the restoration or replacement of private water supplies adversely impacted by unconventional gas operations with a water supply of adequate quantity and/or quality for the purposes served by impacted water supply source(s) under section 3218 of the 2012 Oil and Gas Act (58 Pa.C.S. ยง 3218). The final TGD replaces the interim final guidance document published by the Department in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on October 8, 2016.

In response to the comments received, several editorial and substantive changes were made to the final document. The substantive changes in this final TGD include:
  • Allowing for treatment of the impacted water supply to serve as a temporary water supply;
  • Clearly addressing the lack of Maximum Contamination Levels (MCLs) where there is methane, ethane or propane contamination in a water supply;
  •  Allowing an operator to submit a request to allow additional time to evaluate a water supply to demonstrate that the impact may be temporary;
  • Adding a requirement that the Department will provide copies to the operator of correspondence with the landowner/water user when the Department determines that the operator's activities have impacted the water supply;
  • Stating that an operator should share permanent water supply restoration/replacement plans and corresponding sample plans with the water supply user/owner and their consultant(s); and,
  • Adding a requirement that plumbing accessories and equipment associated with temporary water supplies or permanent restoration or replacement of a private water supply must be certified for conformance with NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (relating to Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects).
DEP says there should be little impact on the regulated community as a result of this final TGD, as it merely clarifies how unconventional operators should meet the requirements established in the 2012 Oil and Gas Act. Any questions should be directed to the Bureau of Oil & Gas Planning and Program Management's Resource Account at RA-epOilandGas@pa.gov.
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Speakers announced for our upcoming Water and Waste Management PIOGATech 
PIOGA is pleased to announce the featured speaker for our August 19 Water and Waste Management PIOGATech is Mike Brunelle, Governor Wolf's Chief of Staff. Mr. Brunelle will be providing an update to the industry and answering attendee questions.

Previous to joining the Wolf administration, Mike Brunelle spent two years as the National Campaigns Director for the Service Employees International Union, where he led the organization's programs in 26 states. Prior to working for SEIU in Washington, D.C., he spent nearly three years as the Executive Director of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Pennsylvania State Council, where he directed the planning and execution of Council issue and legislative programs and served as staff-level leadership. 
 
Due to the latest virus mitigation efforts, we are forced to change this year's PIOGAtech to a virtual meeting.  
 
This year's technical seminar will feature some new speakers which include the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the National Energy Technology Lab covering issues such as the impacts of reusing produced water, UIC wells and the latest updates on issues the various agencies are working on. Receive practical tips for responding to NOVs and how to limit legal and civil penalty exposure to investigations that identify potential violations.
 
Check out the event page for information on additional presenters. 
 
Register for the training today! Sponsorships are available too.
Join the fun at Divot Diggers Golf Outing!
Sponsor today and get your foursome ready for another great golf outing. This year's format will be a 4-person best ball scramble beginning with the a shotgun start at 9:00 am. This event will include 18 holes with cart, lunch at the turn, a delicious steak fry dinner after golf and a chance to win LOT'S OF GREAT PRIZES!

Join us on Thursday, August 20 at Tam O'Shanter Golf Club in Hermitage, PA! Event or Hole Sponsorships available. Click here to learn more and secure your sponsorship!


Events

8/19/2020
2020 PIOGATech Water & Waste Management Virtual Training

8/20/2020
DIVOT DIGGERS GOLF OUTING

9/22/2020 » 9/24/2020
2020 FALL CONFERENCE & SPORTS OUTING

10/8/2020
2020 Ted Cranmer Memorial Golf Outing & Steak Fry

 
PIOGA's online Career Center. Did you know that our website offers the ability for job seekers to post their resume and for companies to post open positions? Go to pioga.org and click on Careers. From the drop-down menu, you'll see options for viewing and posting positions and for viewing and posting resumes. PIOGA members may view the resumes using the password pioga-13. 
 
PIOGA's COVID-19 Response Page. Be sure to pay frequent visits to the dedicated webpage we have created to help our members safely continue their essential operations during the current pandemic. We are updating this page several times a week with new information and resources for the oil and gas industry as well as for for small and mid-size businesses in general.
 
Does your company offer a product or service aimed at helping address the coronavirus situation? Please let us know so that we can add it to a new section we have created on the PIOGA COVID-19 Response page. To get to the list, use the link in the "Key information" section at the top of the page.

Is your company hosting COVID-19-related webinars? Also let us know if you have webinars scheduled aimed at helping companies address matters related to the coronavirus pandemic. We will gladly share that information with other members via the eWeekly.

How to contact us. Our office is closed in compliance with directives to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, staff members are working from home to continue to provide all regular association services, as well as to help with industry response to the coronavirus pandemic. Please contact us via email or any of the phone numbers below:
PIOGA collectable. 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!