The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania (PIOGA) is the principal nonprofit trade association representing Pennsylvania's independent oil and natural gas producers, marketers, service companies and related businesses. PIOGA member companies drill and operate the majority of the state's crude oil and natural gas, including the Marcellus Shale.
PIOGA serves as a clearinghouse for our members' awareness of issues impacting their businesses. Through PIOGA communications, newsletters, e-mails and meetings, the industry becomes aware of changes in proposed regulations early enough to have some response to the government agencies promoting these changes before they become "carved in stone." PIOGA staff and committees work with regulators to achieve workable solutions to problems. PIOGA works to inform lawmakers and help develop legislation that is hopefully more meaningful and less onerous for our industry. The association is member-driven.
The issues that we monitor are those with which the members are most concerned. Through our committee structure, companies have a mechanism to share ideas, concerns and solutions. Working together, we help members accomplish that which they may not be able to achieve alone.
PIOGA will be recognized as the leading Appalachian oil and gas trade association, promoting an environment favorable to the growth of the industry and developing Pennsylvania as an attractive state for oil and gas investment.
The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association represents over 950 members, including oil and natural gas producers, drilling contractors, service companies, manufacturers, distributors, professional firms and consultants, royalty owners, and other individuals with an interest in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry.
In April 2010, members of the Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association (POGAM) and the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania (IOGA) unanimously voted to merge the two organizations into a single, comprehensive trade association representing oil and natural gas interests throughout Pennsylvania. The merger reunited two organizations that had split apart some 30 years earlier. In fact, the roots of this organization date back to the founding of the Pennsylvania Oil, Gas and Minerals Association in 1918. POGAM was believed to be the oldest continuously operating oil and gas trade association in the United States.
Our new organization, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, draws upon the combined expertise of both associations to better serve the needs of our members. By joining forces as one, unified voice, we have expanded our mission to achieve even greater success for our members, including our role as liaison with other associations, companies, government and regulatory agencies to foster proactive communication, regulatory and policy development, work force and safety training, and continued education and growth within all segments of the industry.
PIOGA is based in Wexford, just north of Pittsburgh, and has a Northern Tier Office in Mount Jewett, McKean County, and employs a seven-person staff, responsible for planning and implementing the association's mission. In addition, Board of Directors provides oversight and governs the strategic planning and direction of key deliverables, while various committees oversee natural gas transportation, safety, environmental, and exploration and production initiatives. PIOGA hosts an annual summer meeting, a large-scale conference and trade show, as well as industry seminars, public educational meetings, and community events.
The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association can be viewed as quite simply the producers association directed by producers for the benefit of producers. Our actions and successes indeed speak for themselves.