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Oktoberfest conference will highlight "2019: Challenges, Changes & Opportunities"
We have an excellent lineup of presentations in store for the first day of our new event, the October 17 and 18 PIOGA Oktoberfest, Conference and Annual meeting at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. These are among the speakers who will be addressing the theme, 2019: Challenges, Changes & Opportunities:
  • The Future of Fossil Fuels, Shawn Bennett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oil & Natural Gas, U.S. Department of Energy
  • 2019 Regulatory Agenda and What to Expect, Abigail Jones, Associate, Babst Calland
  • Oil and Gas Public Relations: The Battle Continues, Jeff Eshelman, Senior Vice President of Operations and Public Affairs, Independent Petroleum Association of America and Energy In Depth
  • Luncheon keynote - 2016-2018: Trump, Politics and the 2018 Midterm Election, Dr. Terry Madonna, Center for Politics and Public Affairs, Franklin & Marshall College
  • PIOGA Update, Dan Weaver, President & Executive Director, PIOGA
  • A Decade of Shale Gas in Pennsylvania, Kathryn Klaber, Managing Partner, The Klaber Group
  • Marcellus to Manufacturing Conference Preview, Joyce Turkaly, Director of Natural Gas Market Development, PIOGA
  • PIOGA Legal Update, Kevin Moody, Vice President & General Counsel, PIOGA
  • Operator & Pipeline Panel - 2019 Forecast
    - George Stark, Director of External Affairs, Cabot Oil & Gas
    - Carl Carlson, Director of Government Affairs, Range Resources - Appalachia, LLC
    - Vasu Pinapati, Vice President of Engineering & Construction, Tenaska
    - Mike Atchie, Public Outreach and Business Partner, Williams
More than just a conference
Of course, there's plenty more going on! After Wednesday's conference you can stay and enjoy an Oktoberfest-themed networking reception, followed by the return of the popular Monte Carlo Night. Thursday, October 18, kicks off with the PIOGA Annual Meeting in the morning (see item at right) and then you can choose to stay for sporting clays on the awesome Seven Springs Course.
Want to know more, including how to make your company stand out by exhibiting or advertising? Click here for all the details and registration.Come for just one day or both!
EPA proposes relaxed methane emissions regulations
(Oil and Gas Facilities) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to amend the new source performance standards (NSPS) concerning, among other things, fugitive methane emissions requirements. The proposal would allow oil and gas companies to conduct less frequent inspections for methane leaks at their facilities and give them more time to make repairs if they do find a leak.

Under the proposal methane gas emissions will increase by 380,000 short tons from 2019 to 2025, compared to the agency's 2018 baseline estimate. The EPA estimated its proposal could lead to at least $54-million domestic societal costs in that timeframe, including negative health and welfare effects caused by increased methane emissions. However, the agency also said it would save up to $484 million in regulatory costs.

Reaction among energy industry sources has been positive. The American Petroleum Institute said that the proposed changes could "ensure that the rule is based on best engineering practices and is cost-effective." It said rolling back regulatory requirements will have no impact on the industry's efforts to reduce carbon emissions, which it said has reached a 25-year low.

"Industry will continue to develop and employ the most efficient and effective technologies to help these trends continue, while working with academia and state and federal governments to achieve comprehensive, science-based best practices and regulations," Howard Feldman, senior director of regulatory and scientific affairs, said in a statement.

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Clubs & Cocktails at Topgolf!
More than 80 members and guests attended PIOGA's Clubs & Cocktails networking event at Topgolf Pittsburgh on Thursday, September 13. Clubs were swinging as everyone enjoyed a great evening of golf, games and camaraderie with industry colleagues. Keep an eye on the PIOGA Events section of our website for future networking opportunities.

DEP ePermitting update and ESCGP-3 transition
The Department of Environmental Protection's Erosion and Sediment Control General Permit (ESCGP-3) will be published as final on September 15. However, the ESCGP-3 will not be available for the electronic ePermit system until September 29 as the department works out the last remaining bugs. If needed, DEP will delay the release of the permit until all issues are resolved. The release of Chapter 78 well drilling permits to the electronic ePermit system will also be delayed until September 29. Chapter 105 General Permits are still scheduled to be available on the electronic ePermit system on September 19.

All other dates as outlined in the Pennsylvania Bulletin for the ESCGP-3 release will remain the same. Paper copy submittals of the ESCGP-3 will not be accepted by the Office of Oil and Gas Management after December 29. All ESCGP-3 NOIs and associated documents and attachments required for submission to county conservation districts and the Bureau of Waterways, Engineering and Wetlands will continue to be paper copy submittals until further notice. ESCGP-2 applications will still be accepted until October 15. These applications must be approved, denied or withdrawn by the expiration of the ESCGP-2 on December 29.

ESCGP-3 Trainings
DEP is planning to conduct two-hour training webinars on the ESCGP-3 on September 25, 26 and 27. Please note these training sessions will cover different topics each day, so you will want to complete all three webinars. In-person trainings are being planned in Pittsburgh on October 10 and in State College on October 18. You do not need to attend both of the in-person trainings as they will cover the same topics. Please note attendance at one of the in-person trainings is not a requirement for submittal as it was when the original ESCGP-1 was issued.
PIOGA thanks Paul Kanouff of Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., E&S Subcommittee chair for PIOGA's Environmental Committee, for his involvement in these matters.

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2018 PIOGA Annual Membership Meeting

11/8/2018 » 11/9/2018
Marcellus to Manufacturing Conference


Our Oktoberfest event next month at Seven Springs (see item at left) will include the  
Voting is now open for PIOGA's Board of Directors. The main contact of each of our member companies has been mailed a ballot listing the 11 candidates for nine three-year seats on the board. Ballots must be received by mail or hand delivered to the PIOGA office no later than 5 p.m. on October 12. Candidate statements are available here

PIOGA Centennial Commemorative knife. 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 in Bradford. The limited edition, collector quality knife and wooden storage box feature PIOGA's 100th Anniversary logo. Click here to learn how to get yours before they're gone.

Read the September issue of The PIOGA Press