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PIOGA eWeekly 6/18/18

Monday, June 18, 2018   (0 Comments)
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June 18, 2018


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Happening in Harrisburg
PIOGA's latest billboard (shown above) is at westbound mile 143 of the Pennsylvania Turnpike and delivers a strong message about a natural gas severance tax. We're pleased to report that indications are the tax advocated by Governor Wolf is off the table as part the current state budget negotiations (although, as they say, it's not over until it's over).

That wasn't the only interesting news out of Harrisburg last week. Another development was Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee passage on Tuesday of Senate Bill 1189, a measure that would require compensation for mineral owners if the Delaware River Basin Commission adopts regulations banning unconventional natural gas development within the basin. Additionally, the committee did not act as scheduled on House Bill 2154, which would place conventional oil and gas operations under their own statute separate from Act 13 of 2012. PIOGA and other advocates for the legislation are continuing to work on the bill so that its passage can be assured.

Tomorrow, the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to take up HB 2304 implementing permitting reforms proposed in a DEP white paper in January, including permitting of multiple wells on one pad with one application, allowing adjustments to the well bore location by up to 50 feet without permit amendments and eliminating the requirement a well be constructed in one year and replace it with a three-year term.

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An invitation to participate in The Environmental Partnership
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has launched a new collaborative initiative for producers and midstream operators aimed at voluntarily reducing air emissions. Called The Environmental Partnership, the program was
was founded on three pillars: Taking Action, Learning and Collaborating.Participant companies will initially agree to "take action" by implementing one or more of the three performance program areas aimed at reducing air emissions, related to LDAR, high-bleed pneumatic controllers and liquids unloading operations.
 
Workshops and conferences will also be held to learn from other operators' experiences and successes, and collaborate by sharing the latest science, technology and data. A workshop for the week of July 23 is being planned for Canonsburg.
 
There is no cost to participate, and more than 35 companies nationwide have signed on so far. PIOGA supports the initiative and we encourage producers and midstream companies to learn more about the Partnership to determine if it something you can incorporate into your operations. Click on the link above to find out more, or you can contact Matthew Todd, Program Director, at 202-682-8319 or toddm@theenvironmentalpartnership.org.
 
PIOGA will provide more information about the Canonsburg workshop when available. The event will be free to attend.
Penn State study: Bradford County water quality improves; impacts rare near shale gas wells
A new Penn State study of groundwater in a rural Pennsylvania county shows only rare instances of possible gas contamination amid an overall trend of improving water quality despite heavy Marcellus Shale development.

By investigating data from gas companies, the state, and the U.S. Geological Survey, researchers saw possible contamination by natural gas near no more than seven out of 1,385 shale wells studied in heavily drilled Bradford County. The rest of the water chemistry data highlighted that groundwater had either improved or remained level from samples taken prior to the 1990s.

"The most interesting thing we discovered was the groundwater chemistry in one of the areas most heavily developed for shale gas - an area with 1400 new gas wells - does not appear to be getting worse with time, and may even be getting better," said Susan Brantley, director of Penn State's Earth and Environmental Systems Institute and distinguished professor of geosciences. "But using data analytics we could also see rare sites that warrant more investigation for possible gas anomalies."

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PIOGA centennial celebration: All the details! We hope you'll join us on Wednesday, July 18, to celebrate 100 years of serving Pennsylvania's oil and gas industry. The festivities occur at Drake Well Museum and Park in Titusville and kick off at 11:30 a.m. with a short ceremony with special guests, followed by a barbecue lunch and free tours of the museum. Things should wrap up by 3 p.m. We also invite you to take part the evening before in a reception and excursion train ride on the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad as a fundraiser for PIOGA's political action committee. Complete details and registration are available here.

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PIOGA Political Action Committee excursion train ride and reception, July 17, Titusville

 
PIOGA's 100th Anniversary Celebration, July 18, Drake Well Museum and Park, Titusville
 
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PIOGA's 21st Annual Divot Diggers Golf Outing, August 23, Tam O'Shanter Golf Club, Hermitage
 
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