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DOE highlights case for Appalachian NGL storage hub in report to Congress
(Natural Gas Intelligence) The Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday unveiled a long-awaited report demonstrating the feasibility of developing a natural gas liquids (NGL) storage hub in the Appalachian Basin that it says would increase supply and geographic diversity for the nation's petrochemical and plastics industries.

In remarks before the National Petroleum Council's annual meeting in Washington, DC, DOE Secretary Rick Perry also said that the Trump administration would support the development of an Appalachian hub to strengthen the country's energy and manufacturing security.

"There is an incredible opportunity to establish an ethane storage and distribution hub in the Appalachian region and build a robust petrochemical industry in Appalachia," Perry said. "As our report shows, there is sufficient global need, and enough regional resources, to help the U.S. gain a significant share of the global petrochemical market."

With large NGL hubs in Mont Belvieu, TX, on the Gulf Coast, Conway, KS, and Sarnia, Ontario, North America has the world's second largest ethylene production capacity behind the Asia-Pacific region, DOE noted in its report. But with 95% of U.S. capacity located in Texas and Louisiana, DOE added that the geographic concentration may pose a strategic risk, especially when severe weather events limit the availability of key feedstocks, as Hurricane Harvey did last year.

The geographic diversity of a possible hub in Appalachia, where NGL production is expected to continue growing, "could provide manufacturers with flexibility and redundancy with regard to where they purchase their feedstock and how it is transported to them," the report said. "Moreover, this flexibility and redundancy, as well as the overall increase in U.S. feedstock production, could mitigate the potential for any price spikes in petrochemical feedstocks that could be caused by a severe weather or other disruptive event in any one region of the U.S."

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Pennsylvania natural gas production hits another all-time high in the third quarter of 2018
The Independent Fiscal Office reported last week that natural gas production in the third quarter increased 18.5 percent over the same period in 2017, while year-to-date production jumped 12.9 percent.

Third quarter production was 1,570.1 Bcf compared to 1,325.3 Bcf in 2017. Production in the first three quarters of this year totaled 4,471.5 Bcf, compared to 3,961.6 Bcf in 2017. Susquehanna, Washington, Greene, Bradford, Wyoming, Lycoming, Tioga, Butler, Sullivan, Allegheny counties were the top 10 producing counties.

The IFO also reported an 8.1-percent growth in the number of producing and non-producing wells so far in 2018, totaling 10,505, and a 10.4-percent increase in producing wells in the third quarter. Since the third quarter of 2016, there has been a 20.7 percent increase in producing wells.
Air Quality Compliance Training set for December 18
PIOGA's Environmental Committee is pleased to host this training on Tuesday, December 18, at The Chadwick in Wexford in conjunction with our partners CleanAir, All4 and Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the factors that influence air emissions, an overview of the regulations as theyrelate to oil and gas operations, compliance and testing methods.
The five-hour class will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of Air Quality Regulations Affecting Oil and Gas Industry
  • Optical Gas Imaging: Practical Considerations and New Developments
  • Subpart OOOOa Overview - What's Going On?
  • Ambient Pollutant Monitoring: What's Next?
  • "Other" Requirements (RICE, Subpart W, etc.)
  • Demonstrations
    - Optical Gas Imaging Instrumentation and Best Practices
    - Next Generation Air Monitoring Equipment
    - Cloud - Based Impact Assessment and Source Identification Tools
  • VOC Testing Considerations at Oil and Gas Operations
  • Pennsylvania - Centric Air Quality Requirements
  • Panel Discussion - Managing Compliance
Get more details and register here. The registration deadline is Monday, December 10.
Join us as we Mix, Mingle & Jingle!
PIOGA's Mix, Mingle & Jingle party takes place Tuesday, December 18, at The Chadwick in Wexford, and it will be a great opportunity to get together with industry friends and PIOGA colleagues during the holiday season. The festivities start at 4:30 p.m. - after the PIOGATech training described above and the December meeting of PIOGA's Pipeline and Gas Market Development Committee.

Cost for PIOGA members and guests is $40 per person and includes heavy hors d' oeuvres, two drink tickets, sweet treats and door prizes. You can also bring a little extra joy to the world by sponsoring at one of three levels.

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2018 PIOGATech Air Quality Compliance

2018 Mix, Mingle & Jingle Holiday Party


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