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Register now for Divot Diggers, win Steelers Tickets

Posted on: July 25th, 2017

Register your foursome or sponsor Divot Diggers by Monday, August 7, and be eligible to win five end zone tickets to to see the Pittsburgh Steelers host the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night, November 16. A parking pass is included in the package. The Divot Diggers Golf Outing is organized by PIOGA’s Environmental Committee and […]

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Reserve your foursome for PIOGA’s 20th Divot Diggers Golf Outing

Posted on: July 20th, 2017

Join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of this popular outing organized by PIOGA’s Environmental Committee and benefiting the association’s environmental work. Click here to sponsor and register your foursome now. Registration deadline: August 17. As always, this year’s format will be a 4-person best ball scramble beginning with a shotgun start at 9:00 am. […]





Register now for PIOGA storage tank and silica training

Posted on: July 1st, 2017

PIOGA’s Environmental Committee is pleased to host training in conjunction with Laurel Oil & Gas Corporation (a GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. owned company) on Aboveground Storage Tanks (ASTs), Secondary Containment for ASTs, Silica – Monitoring, Safety, the Regulations and You. It will take place July 27 at The Chadwick in Wexford. Storage of oil, condensate and […]





Operating, Innovation and Logistics Forum speakers confirmed

Posted on: June 12th, 2017

PIOGA’s big annual summer event at the end of this month at Seven Springs Mountain Resort will include several exciting changes along with your favorites like the Pig Roast, golf and sporting clays, and fireworks. On Thursday the 29th we will present something new in place of the traditional technical conference. As our industry emerges […]





New at PIOGA’s Seven Springs summer event: The Power of Women in Energy Lunch

Posted on: May 26th, 2017

Does your five year plan include serving in a leadership role? Would you like to sharpen your management skills and enhance your professional presence? If you answered “YES,” this highly engaging program and interactive lunch event is for you. The Power of Women in Energy Lunch takes place Wednesday, June 28, from noon to 2 […]





Registration open for PIOGA confined space awareness training

Posted on: April 21st, 2017

PIOGA’s Safety Committee is pleased to host Confined Space Awareness Training on May 11 in conjunction with our partners Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. (venue, breakfast and lunch sponsor), Butler County Area Vocational School, Amec Foster Wheeler, The Reschini Group, and Wilkes University. The training will take place at the offices of Civil & Environmental Consultants in […]





Report projects up to $3.7 billion in petrochemical investments in PA

Posted on: March 22nd, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation have released the report from a comprehensive study conducted by IHS Markit. The study, Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania’s Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing, forecasts $2.7 to 3.7 billion in investments in natural gas liquid (NGL) assets as well as the opportunity to attract additional cracker plants, and petrochemical […]





Register now: PIOGA Water and Waste Management Training

Posted on: March 16th, 2017

Exploration and production of oil and gas in PA requires proper management of water and waste. Whether it is drill cuttings or produced water, all waste streams have approved and proven process. Hear from industry experts to learn about the approved and proven techniques for management of water and waste from the well site. Obtain […]





6.5% severance tax will have negative impact on jobs, energy production

Posted on: February 7th, 2017

Association to Fight Any Effort to Enact Additional Tax on Energy Production in the Commonwealth Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President & Executive Director Dan Weaver today issued the following statement regarding Gov.  Tom Wolf’s proposal to include a 6.5-percent natural gas severance tax in Pennsylvania’s FY 2017-18 state budget: “The governor and state […]





PIOGAtech: Threatened & Endangered Species Training

Posted on: January 27th, 2017

PIOGA’s Environmental Committee is pleased to host this training in conjunction with our partners Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., Firecherry Consulting, Inc., Wildlife Specialists, LLC, Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA), and Wilkes University. It takes place Thursday, February 23, at the offices of Civil & Environmental Consultants in Pittsburgh. This course is designed to provide an […]





Register now for PIOGA’s Winter Meeting

Posted on: December 13th, 2016

Commodity prices, rig counts, well permits—all trending upward. There are signs our industry is finally beginning to rebound from the difficult times we have been facing.But what will the energy landscape look like as we do reach the light at the end of the tunnel? There are significant numbers of pipeline projects in the works […]





New grant program encourages expanded natural gas use

Posted on: November 1st, 2016

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has opened the new Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) for applications, offering up to $24 million funding to make Pennsylvania’s natural gas available to its residents, manufacturers, and pad-ready sites, hastening the development of low-cost energy and creating new jobs. “Pennsylvania boasts tremendous natural gas resources, and it makes sense that […]





More than $14 million awarded in shale impact fee funding for conservation, environmental protection and local development projects

Posted on: October 25th, 2016

Governor Tom Wolf has announced that the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved $14 million in funding to support 94 projects through six Act 13 Marcellus Legacy Fund programs designed to support conservation projects and environmental protection measures throughout Pennsylvania. “Using fee revenue collected from unconventional gas wells, Act 13 supports statewide environmental projects – from […]





PIOGA: Chapter 78a regulatory process ‘flawed, predetermined and antagonistic’

Posted on: October 7th, 2016

President & Executive Director Daniel J. Weaver issued the following statement regarding the state Department of Environmental Protection’s publication of its Chapter 78a regulations in the October 8 Pennsylvania Bulletin: “PIOGA is disappointed the department is making these regulations effective. This action continues a flawed, predetermined and antagonistic development process by an agency that ignored […]





PIOGA Board appoints Dan Weaver to President and Executive Director

Posted on: September 1st, 2016

Current Public Outreach Director to lead organization with retirement of Lou D’Amico The Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association has announced the selection of Daniel J. Weaver to the position of President & Executive Director, effective September 1.  Weaver (pictured here at left) replaces Louis D. D’Amico (pictured at right), […]





DEP offers webinars on new Chapter 78a regulations

Posted on: August 23rd, 2016

The Department of Environmental Protection has begun a series of webinars intended to familiarize unconventional operators and consultants with the Chapter 78a, Subchapter C regulatory changes that are expected to go into effect by this fall. Beginning Monday, August 22, DEP is offering 10 webinars that will run through September 1. Each presentation covers a […]





Learn about Shell’s new cracker plant at PIOGA’s upcoming Technical Conference

Posted on: July 14th, 2016

Now that Shell Chemical has confirmed that it will indeed build a multi-billion-dollar ethane cracker plant in western Pennsylvania, everyone wants to know how it will affect the region’s economy and the oil and gas industry. You can find out about the project directly from Shell during a presentation at PIOGA’s Pig Roast, Technical Conference […]





Action alert: New EPA “zero discharge” rule applies to PA conventional formations

Posted on: July 6th, 2016

On Tuesday, June 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its 6/28/16 EPA Final Rule (81 Fed. Reg. 41845) that prohibits the discharge of onshore “unconventional oil and gas” (UOG) wastewaters to publically owned treatment works (POTWs), effective August 29, 2016, per changes to 40 CFR §435.33 & §435.34. The problem is that a number […]





ANF mineral rights legislation passes congressional committee

Posted on: June 16th, 2016

Legislation authored by U.S. Rep. Glenn “GT” Thompson (PA-5) that will protect the rights of private mineral owners in Pennsylvania’s Allegheny National Forest (ANF) was approved June 15 on a bipartisan basis by the House Natural Resources Committee. The Cooperative Management of Mineral Rights Act of 2015, H.R. 3881, seeks to reinforce federal law and […]





Legislature puts a halt to Chapter 78 conventional regulations

Posted on: June 15th, 2016

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives and Senate today approved legislation putting a halt to the controversial Chapter 78 regulations for conventional oil and gas operations. Senate Bill 279 also creates the Pennsylvania Crude Development Advisory Council, which the Department of Environmental Protection must consult with during the development of rules and regulations impacting the conventional […]





PIOGA: Shell decision to build ethane cracker “good news for natural gas industry, great news for Pennsylvania’s economy”

Posted on: June 7th, 2016

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President and Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement regarding Royal Dutch Shell’s announcement that the company will construct an ethane cracker facility in Potter Township, Beaver County: “The decision by Shell to build this state-of-the-industry facility in Beaver County will have huge long-term benefits for […]





Join us at PIOGA’s Summer Picnic and Golf Outing

Posted on: May 20th, 2016

Join your industry friends and associates for an enjoyable day of golf, good food and networking at PIOGA’s 2016 Summer Picnic on Monday, June 6, at Wanango Golf Club in Reno. Located between Oil City and Franklin along the Allegheny River, Wanango is one of the most scenic golf courses in northwest Pennsylvania. To learn […]





Oil and gas rules move forward after 7-hour meeting, but more conflict looms

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016

The following is from the Harrisburg Patriot-News / Pennlive.com: Sweeping changes to Pennsylvania’s oil and gas regulations were approved by an oversight body Thursday, setting the stage for a likely showdown between Gov. Tom Wolf and the Legislature. Over the course of more than seven hours, the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) heard testimony from drillers […]





Pennsylvania oil and gas group embraces end users

Posted on: April 18th, 2016

From an April 15 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: In the past two years, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association lost 40 percent of its members. The first to go were the oil and gas service firms, said Lou D’Amico, president and executive director of the Wexford-based trade group. In a down cycle, they are […]





Legislative committees use oversight authority to disapprove DEP’s new oil and gas regulations

Posted on: April 13th, 2016

In a rare move Tuesday, both the House and Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committees took the step of voting to disapprove regulations promulgated by the Department of Environmental Protection that would put new requirements on Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industries. The regulations are due to be considered by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission next […]





Dates changed for two PIOGA summer events

Posted on: April 8th, 2016

Due to a scheduling conflict, we have changed the dates for two of our annual summer events: The PIOGA Pig Roast, Equipment Show and Technical Conference moves from July 21-22 to August 23-24. The popular event takes place at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion. The Divot Diggers Golf outing moves from August 25 to […]





Registration deadline approaching for PIOGA Spring Meeting

Posted on: March 28th, 2016

Friday, April 1, is the deadline to register for PIOGA’s April 7 Spring Meeting at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. We have a great lineup of presentations, along with opportunities for networking and a little fun. To learn more and register, click here. Registration will not be available the day of the event.





PIOGA statement on challenge to Chapter 78 regulations applicability to small producers

Posted on: March 25th, 2016

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President & Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement on the legal challenge filed yesterday by Christopher Carusone of Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC for the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers (PIPP) to stop the imposition of new and burdensome regulations on the Commonwealth’s conventional oil […]





Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force presents report, top 12 recommendations to governor

Posted on: February 18th, 2016

In its report to Governor Tom Wolf, the Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force has identified a dozen top recommendations, along with a broader set of 184 suggestions, to help Pennsylvania achieve responsible development of natural gas pipeline infrastructure in the Commonwealth. The task force presented the recommendations in six major categories, designed to drive wider public […]





Severance tax on shale gas still in Wolf’s budget

Posted on: February 11th, 2016

The following is from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The structure of Gov. Tom Wolf’s latest attempt to increase taxes on shale gas production might open the door to consideration by Republican lawmakers, a key GOP critic said Wednesday, though industry leaders remain dead-set against the move. The proposed budget that Wolf announced this week contains a […]





Pa. board approves new environmental rules for drillers

Posted on: February 3rd, 2016

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: The state Environmental Quality Board approved sweeping changes to rules for oil and gas drillers despite objections and concerns raised by several advisory committees and lawmakers. The board’s members — led by Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley — spent three hours in Harrisburg on Wednesday hearing from DEP staff […]





PIOGAtech: Water Table Training scheduled for February 26

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016

Where is the water table? In Pennsylvania, this is sometimes a tough question to answer. The main problem is that there are a number of types of water tables ranging from seasonal perched water tables or zones within the overburden and soil, localized water tables associated with adjacent streams and wetland complexes, and regional water […]





EIA: Natural gas prices could rise as production finally slows

Posted on: January 27th, 2016

The following article is from Fuel Fix: A historic low in natural gas prices should ease over the next two years, according to a forecast released Monday by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Following a December average of $1.93 for the Henry Hub benchmark, federal analysts predict gas prices will average $2.65 per MMBtu this […]





Gov. Wolf targets methane emissions from oil and gas

Posted on: January 20th, 2016

From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Gov. Tom Wolf is moving to toughen regulations on methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry by directing his administration to write rules for existing wells and equipment and to revamp permits for new sources of pollution. The moves — announced Tuesday during a live video stream on Facebook discussing […]





PIOGA statement on submittal of final Chapter 78/78a regulations

Posted on: January 6th, 2016

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement regarding the state Department of Environmental Protection’s transmittal of the final oil and natural gas regulations (Chapter 78 and 78a) to the Environmental Quality Board (EQB): “The development of these regulations over the past four years has been flawed to […]





New PIOGA Buyers’ Guide is live

Posted on: November 4th, 2015

PIOGA is pleased to announce that our new exclusive Buyers’ Guide is live at www.paoilgasbuyersguide.com. When we announced the partnership in late spring with Strategic Value Media to create this interactive “one-stop-shop” for our members looking for products and services needed for oil and gas operations, we received many positive comments about this resource now […]





Wolf budget statement misrepresents gas industry revenue and economic contributions

Posted on: September 16th, 2015

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President & Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement regarding comments made by Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration on a potential stopgap budget initiative under consideration by the General Assembly: “Governor Wolf went out of his way to refer to a natural gas severance tax six times […]





Area school budgets cushioned by gas money

Posted on: August 27th, 2015

The Washington Observer-Reporter reports: Looking south from a parking lot at Trinity Middle School, one can see a glint of water through the trees – a reservoir. But not far beyond that, hidden from plain view, is a well extracting natural gas from deep beneath the earth’s surface.  If it weren’t for the royalty checks […]





More changes coming to PA environmental rules for gas, oil wells

Posted on: August 12th, 2015

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports: Pennsylvania regulators backed off plans to write noise limits and requirements involving centralized wastewater storage tanks into new environmental rules for oil and gas wells. The Department of Environmental Protection called those changes the most significant in the final draft of proposed rules it released Wednesday. “These amendments reflect a balance […]





Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show booth space now available

Posted on: August 5th, 2015

For 2015, PIOGA’s Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show returns to the Monroeville Convention Center, just east of Pittsburgh. The dates are October 27-28. The Monroeville facility boasts more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. It sits next to a recently renovated Doubletree hotel and is part of a mall […]





PIOGA requests state Supreme Court to force DEP’s compliance with Act 13 decision

Posted on: June 20th, 2015

The Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association on June 12 filed legal action with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to enforce portions of the court’s ruling on Act 13, asking the court to stop the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) from requiring well permit applicants to comply with certain provisions of Act 13 the court […]





Registration now open for PIOGA’s Pig Roast, Equipment Show & Technical Seminar

Posted on: June 11th, 2015

PIOGA’s big summer event is coming up July 28-29 at beautiful Seven Springs Mountain Resort, and now is the time to get registered for this event that combines fun, networking opportunities and education. The first day includes golf, sporting clays, entertainment, the new Product and Services Showcase, the always-popular pig roast and an awesome fireworks […]





EPA declares no widespread harm to drinking water from hydraulic fracturing

Posted on: June 5th, 2015

Fracking supporters were boosted Thursday by a new Environmental Protection Agency report finding the controversial oil-and-gas extraction process has not caused “widespread” harm to drinking water.  The findings were contained in a draft assessment, as part of a report requested by Congress.  The report said the agency “did not find evidence” that any process has […]





Diverse coalition opposes new taxes on natural gas industry

Posted on: May 20th, 2015

Highlighting the positive effect the natural gas industry has had on Pennsylvania’s jobs market and economic competitiveness, a diverse coalition issued a letter to lawmakers and the Wolf administration urging them to consider the negative impact of an additional proposed tax on the industry.  “Pennsylvania cannot afford to lose our competitive advantage in the shale […]





Comment deadline fast approaching for DEP Chapter 78 rulemaking

Posted on: May 12th, 2015

Please submit your comments by next Tuesday, May 19    On April 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) published a Final Draft Rule for revisions to its Chapter 78, Subchapter C regulations governing oil and gas surface operations. This is a major rulemaking that has been in the works for approximately four years […]





Member involvement needed as DEP moves forward with Chapter 78 revisions

Posted on: April 16th, 2015

The Pennsylvania Department has formally released the second, final version of proposed revisions to its Chapter 78 regulations governing oil and gas surface operations. This is a major rulemaking that has been in the works for several years and will have significant impacts on conventional and unconventional operators alike. PIOGA has serious concerns about many […]





DEP expands comment opportunities on revised Chapter 78 rulemaking

Posted on: April 7th, 2015

The following is from an April 6 DEP news release: The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is providing more opportunity for the public to comment on revisions to the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites (Chapter 78 and 78a). DEP is extending the current public comment period by an additional […]





Wolf’s severance tax would set a minimum value on gas produced

Posted on: March 18th, 2015

Gov. Wolf’s proposed severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural-gas production contains a unique feature that sets a minimum taxable level, guaranteeing that the state would capture its share no matter how low the gas price sank. The severance tax, dubbed the Pennsylvania Education Reinvestment Act, would set a minimum value of $2.97 per thousand cubic […]





DEP releases revised Chapter 78 rulemaking

Posted on: March 10th, 2015

The following is from a March 9 DEP news release: The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the latest draft revisions of the Environmental Protection Performance Standards at Oil and Gas Well Sites, continuing DEP’s record of modernizing and strengthening the environmental controls employed by this industry to assure the protection of public safety. […]





PIOGA to fight Wolf’s moratorium threat against Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry

Posted on: February 17th, 2015

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President and Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today vowed to fight for the future of natural gas production and employment in the Commonwealth, standing up to Governor Tom Wolf’s threat of a moratorium in announcing plans to tax the industry:  “Governor Wolf’s statement from last week’s news conference, ‘the […]





Attention PIOGA members: Recap of governor’s severance tax proposal

Posted on: February 11th, 2015

PIOGA Members: Gov. Tom Wolf’s news conference was broadcast on PCN this morning (February 11) and a portion of it can be viewed at: www.pacast.com. The link to a seven-minute video is the second item on this website at the present time. It does not include the questions and answers with reporters. Provided below are a […]





Wolf’s gas tax would reduce energy production, kill jobs, stifle economic growth

Posted on: February 11th, 2015

PIOGA has released the following statement in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s proposed severance tax on natural gas production: This governor is tone deaf to the depression of global oil and natural gas markets and is ignoring the very real challenges facing the industry in Pennsylvania.  Drilling a new Marcellus Shale well here at today’s […]





PA schools receive grants for energy projects

Posted on: January 30th, 2015

In coordination with Kids Get It™, PIOGA has awarded five Pennsylvania schools a total of $2,048 in grants to use for an energy-related project that students will design and implement. Applicants were teachers who attended a Kids Get It workshop sponsored by PIOGA. To qualify for the maximum $500 grant, applicants were asked to describe […]





State land leasing moratorium a lose-lose for taxpayers and energy consumers

Posted on: January 29th, 2015

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President & Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement regarding Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order to eliminate additional state land from non-impact natural gas leasing: “This action is extremely unfortunate in that it eliminates land with proven energy reserves from potential natural gas development that would […]





Join us for the PIOGA Winter Meeting

Posted on: January 20th, 2015

“Clouds on the Horizon” is the theme of PIOGA’s Winter Meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 24-25, at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Champion. The agenda includes updates on a wide range of challenges facing the industry—local ordinances, state legislation, state and federal regulations, and public opinion. But that’s not to say the atmosphere will […]





Study shows little potential for radiation exposure from oil and gas development

Posted on: January 15th, 2015

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced the results of its TENORM Study, which analyzed the naturally occurring levels of radioactivity associated with oil and natural gas development in Pennsylvania. While the study outlines recommendations for further study, it concluded there is little potential for harm to workers or the public from radiation exposure […]