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EQB to consider VOC regulations for existing oil and gas operations next week
The Environmental Quality Board -- the entity that formally promulgates regulations for the Department of Environmental Protection -- will consider a rule regulating emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) at existing oil and gas operations when the board meets on December 17.

In essence, the regulation is aimed at controlling methane emissions. Commonly referred to as DEP's CTG-RACT rule, it generally calls for a 95-percent reduction in VOC emissions, although some equipment-specific requirements call for less or more.

DEP estimates approximately 435 midstream compressor stations, 120 transmission compressor stations and 10 natural gas processing facilities may be subject to the VOC emission reduction measures, work practice standards, and reporting and record-keeping requirements. The department also estimates 8,400 unconventional natural gas wells and 303 conventional wells would be above the threshold for inclusion in the rules.
The Air Quality/Emissions Subcommittee of PIOGA's Environmental Committee is combing through the most recent version of the proposal posted on EQB's website (scroll to the December 17 agenda) and will report on the regulation at the December 17 PIOGATech (see item at right). PIOGA has been involved in the process and will submit formal comments on behalf of the membership. We will include further information in the January PIOGA Press.
Join us for some "Mix, Mingle & Jingle"
The Chadwick in Wexford will be the place to be on Tuesday, December 17. In addition to the PIOGATech on air quality compliance described above, the day also will include our annual Mix, Mingle & Jingle holiday networking event. PIOGA's Executive Committee and Market Development Committee also will hold their December meetings that day at the same location.

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. This time around, we'll be doing a little more to spread some holiday cheer:
  • During the event, we will accept food donations on behalf of the North Hills Community Outreach Food Bank. Bring an item to donate, and you will receive an extra drink ticket.
  • We will have a Chinese auction for a chance to win one of many great baskets. All proceeds collected for the auction will be donated to Animal Friends.
The event also will include a fundraiser for the PIOGA Political Action Committee. For every $20 you donate to the PAC, you will get a chance to win Pittsburgh Penguins tickets. (Cash or personal checks only.)

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. The registration deadline is December 11.
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.

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2019 Mix, Mingle & Jingle Holiday Party

2019 PIOGATech Air Quality Compliance


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!