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Williams' Leidy South Project needs your support
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has released the environmental assessment (EA) for the Leidy South Expansion Project, concluding that environmental impacts would be reduced to "less than significant levels" with the implementation of mitigation measures proposed by Williams and FERC.

The Leidy South Project is a proposed expansion of Williams' existing Pennsylvania energy infrastructure designed to connect supplies of natural gas in northern and western Pennsylvania with growing demand centers along the Atlantic Seaboard. The project will help the existing Transco pipeline system transport an additional 582,400 dekatherms of natural gas supply per day.

This milestone triggered a 30-day public comment period, and it helped keep this critical natural gas project on pace to be in service for the 2020-2021 winter season.

Williams is looking for industry supporters to sign a petition that will be submitted to FERC before the public comment period ends next month. You can add your support here.
Next PIOGATech: Transportation Safety Regulations Compliance
The next installment in the PIOGA Technical Seminar Series takes place Tuesday, March 17, at The Chadwick in Wexford and will address Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety regulations compliance. The FMCSA has partnered with PIOGA to provide this safety overview to industry transportation professionals.  Join the FMCSA and the Pennsylvania State Police for this full day information safety session covering the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs).

The training will cover these topics:
  • Who Must Comply with the FMCSRs
  • Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse & Testing Requirements
  • Hours of Service & Electronic Logging Devices
  • Vehicle Maintenance & Recordkeeping
  • Driver Qualifications, CDL and Medical Requirements
  • Roadside Inspections and a Review of the 2020 CVSA Out of Service Criteria
  • Discussion on the Latest Regulatory Updates
  • Roadside Inspection program and the Out-of-Service(OOS) Criteria

Click here for more information and registration. 

PIOGA safety training provider list being updated
We are updating our list of PIOGA members who offer safety training and invite you participate if your company offers such services. The list, a project of the PIOGA Safety Committee, is posted on our website for use by members and others who may visit the site.
 
If you would like to participate, please email Matt Benson (matt@pioga.org) the following information:
  • Company name, address, phone number and website
  • A specific contact person, if desired
  • A brief, one-paragraph description of your company, focusing on safety training
  • A bullet list of specific training, if desired
 If your company is not active in the PIOGA Safety Committee, we encourage you to become a part of this important group. Find out more here.
PIOGA Spring Meeting: Secure your exhibit space, or take advantage of early-bird registration
PIOGA has a limited number of exhibit spaces available for our Spring Meeting on April 1 at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, and they are going fast. If your company wants to take advantage of this great opportunity to connect with others in Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry, you should act now before it's too late.

Everything you need to know is available on the Spring Meeting event page.

If you're planning on attending the event, now is also the time to take advantage of the lower early-bird registration fee. We're putting the finishing touches on the agenda, but these are among the topics that will be addressed:
  • Energy markets in the new decade
  • Regulatory and enforcement issues
  • Knowing your rights and protecting our industry
  • Election year scenarios
  • Perception vs. reality: The battle of public perception
  • New projects and utilization updates

Note too that  sponsorship opportunities are available to help your company stand out. See the event page above for all the details.  

Support needed for natural gas manufacturing tax credit legislation
As we reported last week, Governor Wolf is threatening to veto legislation creating a tax credit for construction of facilities that use methane to produce fertilizer and other chemicals. House Bill 1100 establishes the "Energy and Fertilizer Manufacturing Tax Credit" for projects that require at least $450 million in construction and start-up costs and that create at least 800 jobs.

The bill passed both the House of Representatives and Senate by overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Unfortunately, Wolf has signaled he would veto the measure, saying such projects should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. The bill's sponsor contends - and we agree - that the fact that the proposal is not specific to a single business makes for better policy.

What you can do. We have learned that even though HB 1100 received final approval by the General Assembly on February 4, it has not yet been transmitted to the governor, in order to drum up more support for the legislation. PIOGA strongly encourages members to do the following:
  • Contact Governor Wolf and urge him not to veto HB 1100. Emphasize that the legislation will bring about investment in Pennsylvania, stimulating the economy and creating good jobs for our citizens.
  • Contact your state representative and senator to encourage them to vote to override the governor's veto if that should occur. Again, emphasize that HB 1100 will be a huge positive for Pennsylvania's economy. To find the contact information for your legislators, use this link and then click on My Officials.
PIOGA discount to the Great Gathering VII
Now in its seventh year, the Great Gathering is an energy-themed mega-mixer. This year's version takes place Wednesday, March 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe in Canonsburg.

PIOGA members can attend the event for a $35 registration fee. Included are hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, exhibitor tables, and networking with 1,000-plus Western Pennsylvania business owners and top-level executives. Use this link to register, and be sure to check that you are a PIOGA member to receive the discount.

Events

3/11/2020
AXES & ALES Networking Event

3/17/2020
PIOGATech - Transportation Safety Regulations Seminar

4/1/2020
2020 SPRING MEETING

 

Next networking event: March 11. Our Axes & Ales networking event was a big hit last year. And now it's back! Join us on Wednesday, March 11, at Lumberjaxes in the Millvale area of Pittsburgh as we have fun throwing axes and networking. We're even going to roll out the black lights for some "Cosmic" axe throwing. Individual and team registration is available, as are sponsorship opportunities. Check it out here.



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!