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Spring Meeting discount expiring: Register now!
The early bird discount to register for PIOGA's April 10 Spring Meeting at Rivers Casino on Pittsburgh's North Shore ends this week. If you haven't already done so, now is the time to take advantage of the substantial price break for registering before the price goes up.

It's going to be an event you won't want to miss. We have an excellent lineup of speakers and topics on the agenda, including:
  • Appalachian Basin Energy Forecasting and Economic Outlook, Mason Ender, BTU Analytics
  • From Paris to Pennsylvania - Cap and Trade and Climate Change, Kevin Garber, Esq. and Jean Mosites, Esq. Babst Calland
  • Can Customizing Production Technologies Stop Oil Production Declines? Martin Shumway, Locus Bio Energy Solutions
  • Pennsylvania Regulatory Overview, Scott Perry, Esq. PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Lunch Keynote - The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, Don Watkins, Center for Industrial Progress
  • Cybersecurity, Energy Security & Emergency Response, Kathleen Marks, U.S. Department of Energy/CESE
  • Cracks in the Corporate Shield: Individual Liability for Corporate Violations, Jon Beckman, Esq. and Brian Pulito, Esq. Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
  • Cove Point LNG Exports, Patrick Brennan, ST Cove Point, Marine Terminal Dept.
  • Reclaiming Your Stranded Assets with CNG Virtual Pipeline, Gregory Morse, NG Advantage
  • The Power of PIOGA, Dan Weaver, PIOGA
Registration and exhibits open at 8 a.m., with the conference running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a reception and casino time until 7 p.m. It will be a great day of information sharing and networking.

There also are plenty of sponsorship opportunities that will help your company stand out. Visit the event page for complete information. The early bird registration discount ends this Friday, March 22.
A special thank-you to our PIOGA Partners
We would like to take the opportunity to recognize those member companies below who have signed onto our 2019 PIOGA Partners program. Your participation this year has helped to support PIOGA's government relations, education and networking efforts, and so much more. Thank you. It's not too late to join our current Partners and still receive the benefits. To view all levels of our PIOGA Partners program, click here or contact Debbie at 724-933-7306 ext. 22 or debbie@pioga.org.
7th Annual JA Energy Invitational
Junior Achievement of Western Pennsylvania invites those in the industry to join them for the JA Energy Invitational Golf Outing at Mystic Rock at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. A reception will be held the evening of April 30, with golf the morning of May 1.

All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement's Careers in Energy program that introduces young people to careers in the energy industry and the education and training needed to obtain these jobs. Since its inception in 2011, this program has touched the lives of over 6,000 young people in Western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia. More information is available here.

David Marks, co-chair of PIOGA's Market Development Committee, tells us he is looking for two golfers to fill out his foursome at the event. Email him for details.
State Supreme Court turns down PIOGA reconsideration request in PUC impact fee case
Last Thursday, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied PIOGA's request that the court reconsider its December 28, 2018 decision that the word "any" in the Act 13 impact fee "stripper well" definition means "each" and "every" rather than "one" as PIOGA and Snyder Brothers argued.

The court did, however, grant Snyder Brothers' request for a remand so the Commonwealth Court can consider the lawfulness of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission's imposition of penalties and interest on the disputed, unpaid fees. The absence of a refund mechanism in Act 13 is central to that issue because producers have no choice but not to pay disputed fees - once paid, they are gone.

Click here for the Court's March 7 order. For more information about the case, see the January and February issues of The PIOGA Press.

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.




Prime advertising opportunities in upcoming PIOGA Membership Directory. One of PIOGA's most popular member benefits is our membership directories. Members find value in being able to identify and reach out to other members. The annual hard-copy directory is a handy, portable reference tool, while the online version is always up to date and has powerful search capabilities. We are now in the process of preparing the 2019-2020 printed directory and are offering a variety of advertising opportunities that can get you noticed when members are looking for products and services. Click here to learn about the different options. 
And don't forget to return those directory updates! Earlier this month, the main contact for each PIOGA member company received a letter requesting updates for company contact information and any employees who are listed. Please be sure to return the updates to the PIOGA office no later than April 1.
Follow us on the real PIOGA LinkedIn page. It's a rather long story, but the PIOGA page on the professional social networking site LinkedIn did not belong to the association, nor did we have any control over the content. We recently created the "official" PIOGA LinkedIn page as a place to post items about PIOGA events and activities as well as to share other industry news. We encourage you to follow our page to keep up with what PIOGA is up to and to make other connections. 

Still available: PIOGA Centennial knives. 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!