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PIOGA eWeekly 3/16/20

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PIOGA Spring Meeting postponed
Recent local and national developments in the efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus have forced the association to postpone this spring's conference, which was scheduled for April 1 at Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended over the weekend that gatherings of more than 50 people be cancelled, and the City of Pittsburgh followed by announcing this morning that such gatherings are banned, with no mention of an end date. As you may also know, Gov. Tom Wolf has announced a halt to dine-in service at restaurants and bars in Allegheny County, and the county is encouraging non-essential businesses to close. These announcements leave us with no choice but to postpone the conference.

PIOGA was excited about our lineup of speakers and panelists at this meeting, and plans to add those speakers to the agenda of our upcoming conference in the fall, essentially combining the content of the two meetings.

If you already registered to attend, sponsor or exhibit, we will CREDIT your account for our future event. However, if you prefer a REFUND, we ask you to email Debbie Oyler at debbie@pioga.org. We also ask for your patience as we complete that process.

Thank you for understanding. We encourage you to be safe as the battle against the coronavirus pandemic continues.
OSHA COVID-19 workplace guidelines
The following comes from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

Measures for protecting workers from exposure to, and infection with, the novel coronavirus, COVID-19 depend on the type of work being performed and exposure risk, including potential for interaction with infectious people and contamination of the work environment. Employers should adapt infection control strategies based on a thorough hazard assessment, using appropriate combinations of engineering and administrative controls, safe work practices, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent worker exposures. Some OSHA standards that apply to preventing occupational exposure to COVID-19 also require employers to train workers on elements of infection prevention, including PPE.

OSHA has developed this interim guidance to help prevent worker exposure to COVID-19.

Regardless of specific exposure risks, following good hand hygiene practices can help workers stay healthy year round.

For all workers, regardless of specific exposure risks, it is always a good practice to:
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. When soap and running water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands that are visibly soiled.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Analyst: Oil price war might actually be good for Pennsylvania shale industry
(StateImpact Pennsylvania) Saudi Arabia and Russia are in the midst of a price war against one another that is also meant to hurt American oil companies, and analysts say it could hurt American shale companies that produce oil.
 
But it might not actually hurt the shale gas industry in Pennsylvania, according to one analyst. That's because the companies that drill for oil in places like Texas and North Dakota also extract natural gas - mostly as a byproduct - and if they stop drilling for oil, their natural gas output will fall, too.

 
"The ramifications of that is ... oil production will start to decline. The associated gas that comes with it will start to decline" too, said Sam Andrus, executive director of North American natural gas, for the IHS Markit.

That could increase demand from the gas-rich Utica and Marcellus shale region in Pennsylvania, said Anne Robba, head of Americas gas & power for S&P Global Platts.

 
"If we do lose that kind of (natural gas) volume from crude producers, (the market) is going to turn to Marcellus producers in Pennsylvania to make up" for the loss in production, Robba said. "Because they're able to ramp up volumes fairly quickly to meet demand."

 
Prices for natural gas, at some of their lowest levels since the 1970s, have actually increased this week, by about 10 percent since Monday, Robba said.

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Due to travel restrictions imposed on our presenters, we have been forced to postpone the March 17, Transportation Safety Regulations Compliance PIOGATech. We are looking to reschedule this training for July 21 and will provide updates as soon as they are available. Registrants will receive a refund, and we sincerely apologize for this situation. If you have a question about the event, please contact Deana McMahan at deana@pioga.org.

 

 
Great Gathering postponed. In response to the escalating coronavirus situation, the Pittsburgh Business Exchange has postponed the 7th Annual Great Gathering Event (GGVII) until July 15. Please note that all tickets already purchased will be honored for the July 15 date if they have already registered for the March 18 event.

 

 

Upcoming Events
PIOGA 2020 Spring Meeting, April 1, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh. Postponed
 
 
MSC Air Quality Compliance, Reporting and Testing Training, April 16, The Penn Stater, State College

 

 
PIOGA Clay Shoot Networking Event, May 2, Promised Land Sporting Clays, Freeport

 

MSC Dissolved Gas Study Seminar, May 28, Hilton Garden Inn Southpointe

 

 
Ted Cranmer Memorial Golf Outing and Steak Fry, June 1, Wanango Country Club, Reno

 

 

 

 
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