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Board of Directors election results
Congratulations to the following on their election to the PIOGA Board of Directors. All will serve three-year terms that began with the PIOGA Annual Membership Meeting last Thursday.
  • David Hill, Hill Drilling
  • Frank Ross, T&F Exploration, LP
  • Jake Stilley, Patriot Exploration Corporation
  • Chris Veazy, EnerVest Operating, LLC
  • Jeff Walentosky, Moody & Associates, Inc.
  • Ben Wallace, Penneco Oil Company
Hill joins as a new director while all others were re-elected. Our thanks to all 13 candidates who participated in the election.

Annual Meeting recording and presentations
If you missed the virtual meeting or wanted to review any of the slides that were presented, you can find the material here:
We appreciate all our members that connected with us virtually this year to learn about the work of PIOGA and our committees as we all strive to advance the industry during these unprecedented times.

Need a good reason to attend Marcellus to Manufacturing 2020?
PIOGA's annual Marcellus to Manufacturing conference -- November 12 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia -- is a great way to learn about downstream opportunities for natural gas and to make valuable connections.

We have an outstanding lineup of speakers, including new PIOGA member Josh Martinic of Long Ridge Energy, who will be talking about a project that's the first of its kind in the U.S., blending hydrogen into the natural gas stream in electric generation. The 485 MW Long Ridge Energy Terminal is under construction in Hamilton, Ohio, as a venture between New Fortress Energy and GE Power and is expected to be operational in November 2021. You can read about it here.

Other topics and presenters at the daylong program include:
  • Market Analysis - Jude Clemente, TRANE.
  • Petrochem Renaissance & NGL Storage Considerations - Chuck Zelek, U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, and Dan Billman, P.G., C.P.G., Billman Geologic Consultants, Inc..
  • Legal Panel - Adam Ennis, Esq., Marcia DePaula, Esq., and Nelva Smith, Esq., Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC; and Paul David Burke, Esq., Huntley & Huntley, Inc..
  • Safeguarding and Securing the Future of Manufacturing - Wayne Vanderhoof, RJR Safety, Inc., and Adam Serna, Allied Universal
  • U.S. Steel & Domestic Energy Advantages - Christopher J. Masciantonio, United States Steel
  • Gas to Liquids - Greg Carr, EXTIEL Gulf Process Gases, LLC
  • Microgrids for Marcellus Shale Country - David Hommrich, Pennsylvania Microgrids , LLC
  • Shale POWER Program - Petra Bracko Mitchell, Catalyst Connection; Kathryn Klaber, Klaber Group; and Matt Henderson, Henderson Consulting
  • Critical Care, Critical Energy; Hospital Energy Efficiencies & CHP - Sam McMahon, UPMC
  • Moving our Economy - Jeff Nobers, PGH WORKS, and Betsy McIntyre, TEAM Consortium
Complete details about M2M 2020, including sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities, can be found on the event page.
DEP announces transition from eWell permitting application will culminate on January 1
Since the fall of 2018, the Department of Environmental Protection, Office of Oil and Gas Management (OOGM) has had two separate online applications available for the electronic submission of well permit applications -- the older eWell and the newer ePermitting.

DEP announced last week that effective January 1, 2021, OOGM will discontinue the use of the eWell application for the electronic submission of new oil and gas well applications. As of this date, applicants must use ePermitting exclusively for the electronic submission of new applications to drill, alter, renew and/or operate an oil and/or gas well. Operators that have submitted applications through the eWell application prior to January 1 will still have access to eWell to complete those applications.

DEP notes that the ePermitting application provides several benefits over eWell, the primary being that ePermitting is an enterprise application used for the electronic submission of permit applications to multiple programs within the the department, thereby providing common functionality to users across programs. Additionally, ePermitting is a GIS-based system utilizing layer package and shapefile submissions rather than the DWG file submissions used by eWell. PADEP will continue to make improvements and enhancements to this application moving forward.

Well operators are highly encouraged to start familiarizing themselves with the ePermitting application functionality now, DEP stated. This OOGM webpage provides information regarding the ePermitting application.

PIOGATech - Reasonable Suspicion Training and Medical Cannabis in the Workplace

2020 Marcellus to Manufacturing Conference

Online Buyers' Guide update. PIOGA is pleased to partner again with Strategic Value Media to produce the 2020 edition of the PIOGA Buyers' Guide, the premier resource of relevant products and services for oil & gas professionals. This will be the fifth year that the Buyers' Guide will be produced. All PIOGA Allies and Providers members receive a complimentary listing in with the PIOGA logo to indicate your company is a member. You can also contact Strategic Value Media to discuss other options of getting your business more visibility in the Guide. The Buyers' Guide provides users with an efficient way to browse for goods and services and offers oil & gas suppliers and companies exceptional visibility by showcasing their products and services to a targeted, industry-specific buyer group. To learn more about advertising your products or services in the Buyers' Guide, email pioga-advertise@svmmedia.com.

A representative from Strategic Value Media may contact you by email or phone to inquire if you want to enhance your listing in the Buyers' Guide. Please know this is a legitimate call and that SVM is partnering with PIOGA to provide our members this resource for advertising your products and services.
provide input and ask questions.

Next PIOGATech: Reasonable Suspicion Training and Medical Marijuana in the Workplace. This three-hour training, to be held virtually on October 26, enhances the practical application skills of supervisors and managers for identifying and responding to employee impairment. Participants will learn about the "four rules" for responding to suspected employee impairment, what "reasonable suspicion" really means, the most commonly used drugs of abuse and their signs of impairment, adulteration of urine specimens, and common barriers that prevent supervisors and managers from reporting suspected impairment, even when they know that they should. Click here to learn more and register no later than October 22.


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.

How to contact us. Availability to our office is limited due to COVID-19 considerations. However, staff members are also 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!