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Gas industry groups united in opposition to severance tax

Posted on: December 17th, 2014

Representatives from three of Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry groups said Tuesday they are opposed to any severance tax on natural gas production. The one-hour telephone conference with news and gas industry media comes a month before governor-elect Tom Wolf, who campaigned on enacting a severance tax on natural gas producers, takes office. Earlier this month, […]

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New study finds decreased emissions from hydraulic fracturing

Posted on: December 10th, 2014

Methane emissions from natural gas production — including hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — are lower than previously thought, according to a major new study from researchers at the University of Texas. The research was done in close coordination with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a major U.S. environmental organization. The study, published December 9 in two parts in the journal Environmental […]





Gas industry expert: Governor-elect Wolf shouldn’t tax natural gas

Posted on: December 9th, 2014

If Pennsylvania wants to continue benefiting economically from its Marcellus Shale natural gas boom, it should avoid slapping drillers with a severance tax. That’s the warning issued by John Felmy, chief economist with the American Petroleum Institute, who visited Palmer Township Friday to address a meeting of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party. “We entice [other] […]





More than 1000 miles of natural gas pipelines planned

Posted on: November 14th, 2014

There’s not enough pipeline infrastructure in our region to move all the natural gas coming from fracking in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to other markets.That’s changing. Big pipeline projects (some with hefty price tags) are in the works to move the gas and natural gas liquids. Some of them won’t be ready for […]





Talking about the negative impacts of a severance tax

Posted on: November 4th, 2014

Interested in what PIOGA predicts will be the fallout from a potential severance tax on natural gas development in Pennsylvania? Take a couple of minutes to listen to  PIOGA President & Executive Director Lou D’Amico’s comments about the negative impacts of an additional tax right here. 





Pennsylvania townships wary of proposed shale gas tax

Posted on: October 28th, 2014

There are three basic themes to opposing a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s shale gas production, such as the one currently being proposed by gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf and vehemently opposed by incumbent Tom Corbett. There’s the burden on townships who stand to lose the impact fee they’ve been receiving for two years. There’s the possibility […]





A reminder from PIOGA: Get out to vote!

Posted on: October 21st, 2014

Two weeks from today we have the opportunity granted by our forefathers to determine the direction our state and our country will be taking over the next years. In Pennsylvania, we have a sitting Governor in great danger of being Pennsylvania’s first governor to be denied a second term. The choice for governor should be […]





Coming November 10: PIOGA Conventional Producers Roundable

Posted on: October 13th, 2014

PIOGA believes the issues facing conventional operators brought on by the shale revolution is a topic of extreme importance. We have structured a program that will help conventional producers get a better handle on how their world is changing, how gas prices are set, the effect on basis and strategies for continuing to operate in […]





Henry Hub, king of U.S. natural gas trade, losing crown to Marcellus

Posted on: September 25th, 2014

(Reuters) – For nearly a quarter-century, traders around the world have looked to a spot in Louisiana for the best price of U.S. natural gas. Now they’re looking east. The Henry Hub in southern Louisiana, which connects to more than a dozen on- and offshore pipelines from Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, has been […]





PIOGA announces 2015 event lineup

Posted on: September 11th, 2014

For 2015, the Winter Meeting is back on PIOGA’s schedule, and our Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show returns to the Monroeville Convention Center at a new time of year. Here’s a look at our 2015 events so that you can mark your calendar. More details will be forthcoming, including a confirmed date […]





PIOGA statement on proposals by legislators and candidates that will impact “unprecedented” energy production in Pennsylvania

Posted on: September 4th, 2014

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President and Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement regarding continued efforts by state policy makers to thwart energy development in the Commonwealth:  “Political leaders from gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf and state row officers, as well as some members of the General Assembly from both parties, […]





Third round of Act 13 natural gas vehicle grants opens

Posted on: August 28th, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that the third round of natural gas vehicle grants will open on Saturday, August 30, and will provide an estimated $6 million to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles. “Pennsylvania continues to move in […]





Budget may force Pa. back to square one on drilling regulations

Posted on: July 14th, 2014

The following was posted July 11 by StateImpact Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection may have to go back to the drawing board in its two-year overhaul of drilling regulations, because the new state budget contains language changing the rules for oil and gas wells. Governor Corbett signed the legislature’s $29 billion spending plan yesterday. […]





Budget deficit or not, drilling industry opposes severance tax

Posted on: June 27th, 2014

By J.D. Prose With the state facing an estimated $1.4 billion budget deficit and calls for a severance tax on natural gas drillers growing louder, industry representatives Thursday reiterated their opposition to any such tax, saying it would dissuade investment and hurt job growth. “We are absolutely against any severance tax,” said Stephanie Catarino Wissman, […]





API launches campaign to recruit next generation oil and gas workforce

Posted on: June 13th, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute (API) officially launched – www.oilgasworkforce.com – a new website that provides information to anyone interested in careers, training, and certifications in the oil and natural gas industry.    “The website is another tool building on API’s worldwide leadership in standards, training and certification to strengthen the next generation of oil and natural […]





Oil and gas interests rail against severance tax

Posted on: May 15th, 2014

By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lou D’Amico, president of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, is absolutely sure that enacting a severance tax on oil and gas extraction would temper the growing industry, bleed tax revenue in the long run and kill jobs. Now, he said, everyone else needs to be convinced. Pulling […]





Celebrating Earth Day

Posted on: April 25th, 2014

      Energy in Depth hailed Earth Day with a release of a new video which demonstrated that CO2 emissions in the United States are at their lowest level in 20 years thanks in large part to increased natural gas development. The video features quotes from top officials in the Obama administration and leading […]





Registration now open for Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show

Posted on: March 12th, 2014

Conference registration is now open for PIOGA’s big annual event, taking place this year on May 13-14 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. We are also pleased to announce that Governor Tom Corbett will be the event’s kickoff speaker. For complete information, including the event brochure and online registration, visit the event page. Interested in exhibiting? […]





PIOGA attends Congressional Call-Up

Posted on: March 7th, 2014

Despite the weather challenges of winter storm Titan, 11 PIOGA members and staff joined over 100 oil and gas representatives from across the country for the annual IPAA Congressional Call-Up in Washington D.C.  Of the 122 congressional meetings that were scheduled, PIOGA members and the staff met with 16 Congressmen and both Senators Casey and […]





Video: U.S. shale brings manufacturing back to America

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014

U.S. oil and gas development from shale is reducing energy prices and making America more competitive. There is no better example of this than the rebirth of American manufacturing, as this video from Energy In Depth illustrates.





State supreme court rejects appeal of ruling striking down parts of gas law

Posted on: February 21st, 2014

Pennsylvania’s highest court said Friday it would not revisit its decision striking down a state law that took zoning decisions about natural gas drilling out of the hands of local governments. The state Supreme Court denied a request by Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration to vacate its decision and send it back to a lower court […]





EQB Extends Public Comment Period, Holds Two Additional Public Hearings on Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) announced today that the public comment period and series of public hearings on the proposed oil and gas surface activities regulation will be extended. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) announced today that the public comment period […]





Want Pa.’s energy industry to flourish? Keep saying ‘no’ to new taxes on natural gas

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014

Pennsylvania’s impact fee…cannot be discounted in the industry’s tax aggregation, PIOGA’s Lou D’Amico says in this op-ed. The following op-ed was published by the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The “Polar Vortex” that put much of the nation in a severe deep freeze in early January is now a thing of the past. Thankfully, the great majority of us […]





Governor Corbett calls on operators to continue to adhere to critical environmental standards

Posted on: January 7th, 2014

PIOGA agrees to abide by setbacks. Governor Tom Corbett has called upon Pennsylvania’s oil and gas operators to help protect the Commonwealth’s rivers, streams and wetlands from impacts during oil and gas development by adhering to critical environmental standards recently struck down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Act 13 […]





Gas industry groups united in opposition to severance tax

Posted on: December 17th, 2014

Representatives from three of Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry groups said Tuesday they are opposed to any severance tax on natural gas production. The one-hour telephone conference with news and gas industry media comes a month before governor-elect Tom Wolf, who campaigned on enacting a severance tax on natural gas producers, takes office. Earlier this month, […]





New study finds decreased emissions from hydraulic fracturing

Posted on: December 10th, 2014

Methane emissions from natural gas production — including hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” — are lower than previously thought, according to a major new study from researchers at the University of Texas. The research was done in close coordination with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a major U.S. environmental organization. The study, published December 9 in two parts in the journal Environmental […]





Gas industry expert: Governor-elect Wolf shouldn’t tax natural gas

Posted on: December 9th, 2014

If Pennsylvania wants to continue benefiting economically from its Marcellus Shale natural gas boom, it should avoid slapping drillers with a severance tax. That’s the warning issued by John Felmy, chief economist with the American Petroleum Institute, who visited Palmer Township Friday to address a meeting of the Lehigh Valley Tea Party. “We entice [other] […]





More than 1000 miles of natural gas pipelines planned

Posted on: November 14th, 2014

There’s not enough pipeline infrastructure in our region to move all the natural gas coming from fracking in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays to other markets.That’s changing. Big pipeline projects (some with hefty price tags) are in the works to move the gas and natural gas liquids. Some of them won’t be ready for […]





Talking about the negative impacts of a severance tax

Posted on: November 4th, 2014

Interested in what PIOGA predicts will be the fallout from a potential severance tax on natural gas development in Pennsylvania? Take a couple of minutes to listen to  PIOGA President & Executive Director Lou D’Amico’s comments about the negative impacts of an additional tax right here. 





Pennsylvania townships wary of proposed shale gas tax

Posted on: October 28th, 2014

There are three basic themes to opposing a severance tax on Pennsylvania’s shale gas production, such as the one currently being proposed by gubernatorial hopeful Tom Wolf and vehemently opposed by incumbent Tom Corbett. There’s the burden on townships who stand to lose the impact fee they’ve been receiving for two years. There’s the possibility […]





A reminder from PIOGA: Get out to vote!

Posted on: October 21st, 2014

Two weeks from today we have the opportunity granted by our forefathers to determine the direction our state and our country will be taking over the next years. In Pennsylvania, we have a sitting Governor in great danger of being Pennsylvania’s first governor to be denied a second term. The choice for governor should be […]





Coming November 10: PIOGA Conventional Producers Roundable

Posted on: October 13th, 2014

PIOGA believes the issues facing conventional operators brought on by the shale revolution is a topic of extreme importance. We have structured a program that will help conventional producers get a better handle on how their world is changing, how gas prices are set, the effect on basis and strategies for continuing to operate in […]





Henry Hub, king of U.S. natural gas trade, losing crown to Marcellus

Posted on: September 25th, 2014

(Reuters) – For nearly a quarter-century, traders around the world have looked to a spot in Louisiana for the best price of U.S. natural gas. Now they’re looking east. The Henry Hub in southern Louisiana, which connects to more than a dozen on- and offshore pipelines from Texas and the Gulf of Mexico, has been […]





PIOGA announces 2015 event lineup

Posted on: September 11th, 2014

For 2015, the Winter Meeting is back on PIOGA’s schedule, and our Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show returns to the Monroeville Convention Center at a new time of year. Here’s a look at our 2015 events so that you can mark your calendar. More details will be forthcoming, including a confirmed date […]





PIOGA statement on proposals by legislators and candidates that will impact “unprecedented” energy production in Pennsylvania

Posted on: September 4th, 2014

Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President and Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement regarding continued efforts by state policy makers to thwart energy development in the Commonwealth:  “Political leaders from gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf and state row officers, as well as some members of the General Assembly from both parties, […]





Third round of Act 13 natural gas vehicle grants opens

Posted on: August 28th, 2014

Governor Tom Corbett and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced that the third round of natural gas vehicle grants will open on Saturday, August 30, and will provide an estimated $6 million to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles. “Pennsylvania continues to move in […]





Budget may force Pa. back to square one on drilling regulations

Posted on: July 14th, 2014

The following was posted July 11 by StateImpact Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection may have to go back to the drawing board in its two-year overhaul of drilling regulations, because the new state budget contains language changing the rules for oil and gas wells. Governor Corbett signed the legislature’s $29 billion spending plan yesterday. […]





Budget deficit or not, drilling industry opposes severance tax

Posted on: June 27th, 2014

By J.D. Prose With the state facing an estimated $1.4 billion budget deficit and calls for a severance tax on natural gas drillers growing louder, industry representatives Thursday reiterated their opposition to any such tax, saying it would dissuade investment and hurt job growth. “We are absolutely against any severance tax,” said Stephanie Catarino Wissman, […]





API launches campaign to recruit next generation oil and gas workforce

Posted on: June 13th, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute (API) officially launched – www.oilgasworkforce.com – a new website that provides information to anyone interested in careers, training, and certifications in the oil and natural gas industry.    “The website is another tool building on API’s worldwide leadership in standards, training and certification to strengthen the next generation of oil and natural […]





Oil and gas interests rail against severance tax

Posted on: May 15th, 2014

By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Lou D’Amico, president of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, is absolutely sure that enacting a severance tax on oil and gas extraction would temper the growing industry, bleed tax revenue in the long run and kill jobs. Now, he said, everyone else needs to be convinced. Pulling […]





Celebrating Earth Day

Posted on: April 25th, 2014

      Energy in Depth hailed Earth Day with a release of a new video which demonstrated that CO2 emissions in the United States are at their lowest level in 20 years thanks in large part to increased natural gas development. The video features quotes from top officials in the Obama administration and leading […]





Registration now open for Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show

Posted on: March 12th, 2014

Conference registration is now open for PIOGA’s big annual event, taking place this year on May 13-14 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. We are also pleased to announce that Governor Tom Corbett will be the event’s kickoff speaker. For complete information, including the event brochure and online registration, visit the event page. Interested in exhibiting? […]





PIOGA attends Congressional Call-Up

Posted on: March 7th, 2014

Despite the weather challenges of winter storm Titan, 11 PIOGA members and staff joined over 100 oil and gas representatives from across the country for the annual IPAA Congressional Call-Up in Washington D.C.  Of the 122 congressional meetings that were scheduled, PIOGA members and the staff met with 16 Congressmen and both Senators Casey and […]





Video: U.S. shale brings manufacturing back to America

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014

U.S. oil and gas development from shale is reducing energy prices and making America more competitive. There is no better example of this than the rebirth of American manufacturing, as this video from Energy In Depth illustrates.





State supreme court rejects appeal of ruling striking down parts of gas law

Posted on: February 21st, 2014

Pennsylvania’s highest court said Friday it would not revisit its decision striking down a state law that took zoning decisions about natural gas drilling out of the hands of local governments. The state Supreme Court denied a request by Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration to vacate its decision and send it back to a lower court […]





EQB Extends Public Comment Period, Holds Two Additional Public Hearings on Proposed Oil and Gas Regulations

Posted on: January 23rd, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) announced today that the public comment period and series of public hearings on the proposed oil and gas surface activities regulation will be extended. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) announced today that the public comment period […]





Want Pa.’s energy industry to flourish? Keep saying ‘no’ to new taxes on natural gas

Posted on: January 22nd, 2014

Pennsylvania’s impact fee…cannot be discounted in the industry’s tax aggregation, PIOGA’s Lou D’Amico says in this op-ed. The following op-ed was published by the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The “Polar Vortex” that put much of the nation in a severe deep freeze in early January is now a thing of the past. Thankfully, the great majority of us […]





Governor Corbett calls on operators to continue to adhere to critical environmental standards

Posted on: January 7th, 2014

PIOGA agrees to abide by setbacks. Governor Tom Corbett has called upon Pennsylvania’s oil and gas operators to help protect the Commonwealth’s rivers, streams and wetlands from impacts during oil and gas development by adhering to critical environmental standards recently struck down by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “The Supreme Court’s recent ruling on Act 13 […]





PIOGA Statement on State Supreme Court Decision

Posted on: December 20th, 2013

PIOGA reacts to ruling declaring portions of Act 13 unconstitutional.   Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President and Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement regarding the ruling of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Act 13: “The Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association disagrees with the decision by the state Supreme […]





PIOGA’s Annual Tax Seminar

Posted on: December 18th, 2013

The PIOGA Tax Committee is pleased to partner with Arnett Foster Toothman, PLLC, to host a special oil and gas tax and accounting seminar on January 21. Want to learn to keep more of your hard-earned money? Want to learn to reduce your tax bill?  The PIOGA Tax Committee is pleased to partner with Arnett […]





Environmental Quality Board opens public comment period on proposed oil and gas regulations

Posted on: December 13th, 2013

PIOGA members: Watch your email for information on how to comment on these very important regulations.     The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board announced today that the public comment period for a proposed regulation for environmental protection performance standards associated with oil and gas activities will open on Saturday, Dec. 14. The […]





America’s greenest energy source

Posted on: December 5th, 2013

Fracking outgreens “green” energy, says a New York Post writer. OPINION By Deroy Murdock, New York Post Fracking outgreens ‘green’ energy: That was my chief observation when I returned to Anadarko Petroleum’s Landon Pad A, a natural-gas site in Lycoming County, Pa. October’s quietude was totally unlike the cyclone of equipment, personnel, and activity that dominated […]





Updated: PIOGA announces 2014 event lineup

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013

Trade show moving to the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. PIOGA’s 2014 Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show will feature a new date and an exciting new location – May 13-14 at Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. More information will be posted on the event page. The Summer Picnic will be held June 16 at […]





PIOGA issues statement on Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center “jobs” report

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

PBPC and related groups “lost all credibility”. Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement in response to the release of a report by theMulti-State Shale Research Collaborative, including the Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center, on the number of jobs being realized through the production of natural gas […]





PUC approves $720-million Equitable-Peoples merger

Posted on: November 15th, 2013

The deal transfers Peoples’ Marcellus Shale pipeline assets to EQT. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on November 14 approved a settlement that merges Equitable Gas with Peoples Natural Gas and transfers Marcellus Shale pipeline assets from Peoples to EQT, Equitable’s parent company. The merger itself marks a move for Pittsburgh-based EQT, which announced the $720m […]





MSC, PIOGA to study radioactivity levels in shale operations

Posted on: November 4th, 2013

Industry study to complement one underway by DEP. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and PIOGA today announced their joint efforts to conduct an extensive study of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) and technologically enhanced NORM (TENORM) in shale production-related activities. This study will complement one currently underway by the Department of Environmental Protection. “We are […]





Marcellus Shale gas growing faster than expected

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013

If the Marcellus Shale region were a country, its gas production would rank eighth in the world. By KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale region is growing faster than expected, according to a new federal report issued Tuesday. Marcellus production has now reached 12 billion cubic feet a […]





Education, Fun Featured at PA Energy Games

Posted on: October 14th, 2013

HUGHESVILLE – Focusing on fun and education, the inaugural PA Energy Games were held on Sept. 7 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville. “The idea for this event came about during a lunch in Towanda,” Board Member Rory Sweeney said. “We wanted to come up with something fun to connect local people with the […]





Appeals Court upholds Allegheny National Forest Ruling

Posted on: October 14th, 2013

Third Circuit affirms final declaratory relief to energy resource producers in Marcellus Shale region, vacating harmful U.S. Forest Service/Sierra Club Settlement. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on September 26 affirmed final declaratory relief against U.S. Forest Service efforts to prevent the exercise of private mineral rights on split-estate lands in the […]





PA boosts natural gas industry by giving $2M for fuel stations

Posted on: October 1st, 2013

Pennsylvania’s economic development team wants drivers to start filling up with natural gas. Pennsylvania’s economic development team wants drivers to start filling up their cars with natural gas – and they’re willing to hand out taxpayer money to kickstart the trend. The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded more than $2 million in grant money plus a […]





Education, fun featured at PA Energy Games

Posted on: October 1st, 2013

HUGHESVILLE – Focusing on fun and education, the inaugural PA Energy Games were held on Sept. 7 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville. “The idea for this event came about during a lunch in Towanda,” Board Member Rory Sweeney said. “We wanted to come up with something fun to connect local people with the […]





Appeals court upholds Allegheny National Forest ruling

Posted on: October 1st, 2013

Third Circuit affirms final declaratory relief to energy resource producers in Marcellus Shale region, vacating harmful U.S. Forest Service/Sierra Club Settlement. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on September 26 affirmed final declaratory relief against U.S. Forest Service efforts to prevent the exercise of private mineral rights on split-estate lands in the […]





Long-term gas prices should jump on global demand

Posted on: September 13th, 2013

Boom in demand has the potential to hike gas prices considerably. A global natural gas demand boom and improving domestic economy have the potential to hike long-term US gas prices considerably higher than many expect, despite the abundance of shale resources, a JPMorgan executive said. Colin Fenton, the company’s global head of commodities research and […]





Oil and gas industry drafts lesson plans

Posted on: September 6th, 2013

PIOGA and Junior Achievement programs talk about more than the Marcellus Shale. By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette If at some point this year, your child comes home from school, grabs a plastic bag and begins stuffing it with items found around the house, take note of the number. If it’s exactly 10 items, you can […]





PIOGA announces inaugural Alternative Vehicle Cruise-In to showcase fleet and consumer vehicle options

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013

Bringing you the vehicles of tomorrow, today. On Monday, September 30, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Quaker Steak & Lube in Cranberry Township, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association will host a free event featuring alternative-fuel vehicles of all types: CNG, electric, propane, LNG and bio-fuel. The event will have educational displays, activities for […]





Marcellus Shale exports could transform global LNG market

Posted on: July 26th, 2013

Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale could help change the global market for natural gas. In energy-hungry countries, all eyes are on Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas. In a dramatic shift from just five years ago, the U.S. is looking to export, instead of import natural gas. And if more natural gas starts getting shipped abroad, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale […]





Third level of shale coming into play

Posted on: July 17th, 2013

Companies find success in Upper Devonian shales. By Timothy Puko Pittsburgh Tribune-Review A third layer of shale is drawing more and more attention from Western Pennsylvania’s gas drillers. Consol Energy Inc. on Monday became at least the third company to tout test success in the Upper Devonian, a mix of sandstone and shale layers just […]





Attention Conventional Producers in PA

Posted on: July 16th, 2013

Don’t miss next week’s seminar for Conventional Producers that will focus on Chapter 78 Subpart C and Environmental Protection Standards for Mechanical Integrity Assessment. The events take place on July 22 at the Warren Holiday Inn and July 23 at the Indiana Holiday Inn. Session is from 6 PM to 8 PM.  Light refreshments will […]





FERC can meet pipeline permit deadline

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

Pipeline permitting would speed up under legislation under consideration in D.C. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can meet the deadlines in a House bill that would speed gas pipeline permitting — if Congress is willing to tweak the start of the deadline clock, FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller told lawmakers Tuesday. “The 12-month deadline, once the […]





“Natural gas does that”

Posted on: June 27th, 2013

New video highlights myriad ways natural gas is used every day. If you have ever looked at the pen you’re writing with, the liner of a swimming pool or scores of other everyday items and wondered, “What does it take to make this?” the answer very likely is, “Natural gas does that.” Today, the Marcellus […]





IPAA Announces Launch of Energy In Depth 3.0

Posted on: June 25th, 2013

First installment in new web-video series also released, taking on myth of high radon content in the Marcellus. Four years removed from the launch of what today is considered the oil and gas industry’s lead research and rapid response platform on issues relating to shale and hydraulic fracturing, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) announced the […]





IEA: ‘Golden age’ of natural gas continues

Posted on: June 21st, 2013

The United States will continue to lead in natural gas production. PARIS (UPI) — The “golden-age” of natural gas is expected to continue in the medium-term as natural gas use becomes more varied, the IEA said in a report from Paris. The International Energy Agency said it expected the share of natural gas in the global […]





Let’s roll with natural gas

Posted on: June 14th, 2013

T. Boone Pickens writes: OPEC’s monopoly can be broken by switching fuel for trucks. It is not news to Pennsylvanians that natural gas is about to change our lives much as oil did more than 100 years ago. In spite of the inaction or active resistance by our political leaders in Washington, it appears that […]





Joyce Turkaly Joins PIOGA as Director of Natural Gas Market Development

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013

Long-time energy professional will focus on expanding the use of Pennsylvania-produced natural gas. The Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Joyce Turkaly to the newly created position of Director of Natural Gas Market Development. In this position, the long-time energy professional will work closely with PIOGA’s Transportation & […]





Why Pittsburgh is becoming a boomtown

Posted on: May 31st, 2013

MSN Money reports that proximity to new oil and natural gas sites is drawing interest from abroad and fueling the city’s economic and population growth. MSN Money reports: The Primanti Bros. sandwiches are still stuffed with french fries, the Iron City beer still flows, the Andy Warhol museum is still open, the Pirates are (for […]





Energy Day: The State of Natural Gas in PA and nationally

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

Energy Day took place last week in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The event was organized by America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), the Associated Petroleum Industries of PA (American Petroleum Institute, API), the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and PIOGA The event was attended by over 300 individuals and representatives of 13 different Chambers of Commerce. We will be […]





Confronting misconceptions on gas drilling

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

The opponents of energy development use specious arguments to advance their agenda of choice. By Louis D. D’Amico After a half-decade of natural gas development, Pennsylvania has commanded the attention of the nation and the world as a leader in energy development, perhaps even more intently than what was predicted in 2008, when Marcellus Shale […]





Pa. high court settles shale gas rights question

Posted on: April 25th, 2013

130 years of oil and gas case law upheld. Associated Press Long-standing case law on the ownership of below-ground minerals and natural gas that has guided the booming natural gas industry since it began exploring the vast Marcellus Shale formation is still in force, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The case raised legal questions about […]





House panel approves Marcellus tax credits

Posted on: April 12th, 2013

“Marcellus Works” package of legislation. HARRISBURG – Bills to provide millions of dollars of state tax credits to develop natural gas markets were approved by a House committee Tuesday after a debate over favoritism to Marcellus Shale companies and job creation strategies. The bills advanced by the Finance Committee are part of the “Marcellus Works” […]





Gas wars: FrackNation backers dare Gasland director to Main Line showdown

Posted on: April 5th, 2013

A group of Philadelphia-area businesses led by companies that sell legal, accounting and PR services to energy companies exploiting the natural gas deep in the Marcellus Shaleformation in upstate Pennsylvania today posted the following challenge… “Dear Mr. Fox: “Since 2010, your documentary film GASLAND has impacted public opinion about the natural gas industry and hydraulic […]





Marcellus Shale development puts state on map internationally

Posted on: March 13th, 2013

PIOGA exec talks shale gas in Brussels. By Erich Schwartzel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In late February, Lou D’Amico found himself making his first trip out of North America, flying to Brussels to speak to the environmental committee of the European Parliament. Mr. D’Amico is the executive director of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, and spends […]





PA Marcellus topped 2 trillion cubic feet of gas in 2012

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

The state’s shale wells produced enough to fulfill 9 percent of the nation’s demand. From the Scranton Times-Tribune: Pennsylvania’s Marcellus and other shale wells produced more than 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2012, continuing a trend of production growth despite fewer drilling rigs in the field. New production data reported by natural gas […]





PIOGA Urges Pennsylvanians to Watch “FrackNation”

Posted on: January 18th, 2013

Film to premiere January 22 at 9 p.m. on AXS TV. Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association president and executive director Louis D. D’Amico today encouraged people across the commonwealth to hear the story left untold by films such as “Gasland” and “The Promised Land” by watching “FrackNation” on Tuesday, January 22. The 75-minute film […]





PIOGA Statement on State Supreme Court Decision

Posted on: December 20th, 2013

PIOGA reacts to ruling declaring portions of Act 13 unconstitutional.   Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President and Executive Director Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement regarding the ruling of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Act 13: “The Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association disagrees with the decision by the state Supreme […]





PIOGA’s Annual Tax Seminar

Posted on: December 18th, 2013

The PIOGA Tax Committee is pleased to partner with Arnett Foster Toothman, PLLC, to host a special oil and gas tax and accounting seminar on January 21. Want to learn to keep more of your hard-earned money? Want to learn to reduce your tax bill?  The PIOGA Tax Committee is pleased to partner with Arnett […]





Environmental Quality Board opens public comment period on proposed oil and gas regulations

Posted on: December 13th, 2013

PIOGA members: Watch your email for information on how to comment on these very important regulations.     The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Environmental Quality Board announced today that the public comment period for a proposed regulation for environmental protection performance standards associated with oil and gas activities will open on Saturday, Dec. 14. The […]





America’s greenest energy source

Posted on: December 5th, 2013

Fracking outgreens “green” energy, says a New York Post writer. OPINION By Deroy Murdock, New York Post Fracking outgreens ‘green’ energy: That was my chief observation when I returned to Anadarko Petroleum’s Landon Pad A, a natural-gas site in Lycoming County, Pa. October’s quietude was totally unlike the cyclone of equipment, personnel, and activity that dominated […]





Updated: PIOGA announces 2014 event lineup

Posted on: December 3rd, 2013

Trade show moving to the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. PIOGA’s 2014 Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show will feature a new date and an exciting new location – May 13-14 at Heinz Field, the home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. More information will be posted on the event page. The Summer Picnic will be held June 16 at […]





PIOGA issues statement on Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center “jobs” report

Posted on: November 21st, 2013

PBPC and related groups “lost all credibility”. Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association President Louis D. D’Amico today issued the following statement in response to the release of a report by theMulti-State Shale Research Collaborative, including the Pennsylvania Budget & Policy Center, on the number of jobs being realized through the production of natural gas […]





PUC approves $720-million Equitable-Peoples merger

Posted on: November 15th, 2013

The deal transfers Peoples’ Marcellus Shale pipeline assets to EQT. The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on November 14 approved a settlement that merges Equitable Gas with Peoples Natural Gas and transfers Marcellus Shale pipeline assets from Peoples to EQT, Equitable’s parent company. The merger itself marks a move for Pittsburgh-based EQT, which announced the $720m […]





MSC, PIOGA to study radioactivity levels in shale operations

Posted on: November 4th, 2013

Industry study to complement one underway by DEP. The Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and PIOGA today announced their joint efforts to conduct an extensive study of naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) and technologically enhanced NORM (TENORM) in shale production-related activities. This study will complement one currently underway by the Department of Environmental Protection. “We are […]





Marcellus Shale gas growing faster than expected

Posted on: October 23rd, 2013

If the Marcellus Shale region were a country, its gas production would rank eighth in the world. By KEVIN BEGOS Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Natural gas production from the Marcellus Shale region is growing faster than expected, according to a new federal report issued Tuesday. Marcellus production has now reached 12 billion cubic feet a […]





Education, Fun Featured at PA Energy Games

Posted on: October 14th, 2013

HUGHESVILLE – Focusing on fun and education, the inaugural PA Energy Games were held on Sept. 7 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville. “The idea for this event came about during a lunch in Towanda,” Board Member Rory Sweeney said. “We wanted to come up with something fun to connect local people with the […]





Appeals Court upholds Allegheny National Forest Ruling

Posted on: October 14th, 2013

Third Circuit affirms final declaratory relief to energy resource producers in Marcellus Shale region, vacating harmful U.S. Forest Service/Sierra Club Settlement. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on September 26 affirmed final declaratory relief against U.S. Forest Service efforts to prevent the exercise of private mineral rights on split-estate lands in the […]





PA boosts natural gas industry by giving $2M for fuel stations

Posted on: October 1st, 2013

Pennsylvania’s economic development team wants drivers to start filling up with natural gas. Pennsylvania’s economic development team wants drivers to start filling up their cars with natural gas – and they’re willing to hand out taxpayer money to kickstart the trend. The Commonwealth Financing Authority awarded more than $2 million in grant money plus a […]





Education, fun featured at PA Energy Games

Posted on: October 1st, 2013

HUGHESVILLE – Focusing on fun and education, the inaugural PA Energy Games were held on Sept. 7 at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville. “The idea for this event came about during a lunch in Towanda,” Board Member Rory Sweeney said. “We wanted to come up with something fun to connect local people with the […]





Appeals court upholds Allegheny National Forest ruling

Posted on: October 1st, 2013

Third Circuit affirms final declaratory relief to energy resource producers in Marcellus Shale region, vacating harmful U.S. Forest Service/Sierra Club Settlement. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on September 26 affirmed final declaratory relief against U.S. Forest Service efforts to prevent the exercise of private mineral rights on split-estate lands in the […]





Long-term gas prices should jump on global demand

Posted on: September 13th, 2013

Boom in demand has the potential to hike gas prices considerably. A global natural gas demand boom and improving domestic economy have the potential to hike long-term US gas prices considerably higher than many expect, despite the abundance of shale resources, a JPMorgan executive said. Colin Fenton, the company’s global head of commodities research and […]





Oil and gas industry drafts lesson plans

Posted on: September 6th, 2013

PIOGA and Junior Achievement programs talk about more than the Marcellus Shale. By Anya Litvak / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette If at some point this year, your child comes home from school, grabs a plastic bag and begins stuffing it with items found around the house, take note of the number. If it’s exactly 10 items, you can […]





PIOGA announces inaugural Alternative Vehicle Cruise-In to showcase fleet and consumer vehicle options

Posted on: September 3rd, 2013

Bringing you the vehicles of tomorrow, today. On Monday, September 30, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Quaker Steak & Lube in Cranberry Township, the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association will host a free event featuring alternative-fuel vehicles of all types: CNG, electric, propane, LNG and bio-fuel. The event will have educational displays, activities for […]





Marcellus Shale exports could transform global LNG market

Posted on: July 26th, 2013

Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale could help change the global market for natural gas. In energy-hungry countries, all eyes are on Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale gas. In a dramatic shift from just five years ago, the U.S. is looking to export, instead of import natural gas. And if more natural gas starts getting shipped abroad, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale […]





Third level of shale coming into play

Posted on: July 17th, 2013

Companies find success in Upper Devonian shales. By Timothy Puko Pittsburgh Tribune-Review A third layer of shale is drawing more and more attention from Western Pennsylvania’s gas drillers. Consol Energy Inc. on Monday became at least the third company to tout test success in the Upper Devonian, a mix of sandstone and shale layers just […]





Attention Conventional Producers in PA

Posted on: July 16th, 2013

Don’t miss next week’s seminar for Conventional Producers that will focus on Chapter 78 Subpart C and Environmental Protection Standards for Mechanical Integrity Assessment. The events take place on July 22 at the Warren Holiday Inn and July 23 at the Indiana Holiday Inn. Session is from 6 PM to 8 PM.  Light refreshments will […]





FERC can meet pipeline permit deadline

Posted on: July 15th, 2013

Pipeline permitting would speed up under legislation under consideration in D.C. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission can meet the deadlines in a House bill that would speed gas pipeline permitting — if Congress is willing to tweak the start of the deadline clock, FERC Commissioner Philip Moeller told lawmakers Tuesday. “The 12-month deadline, once the […]





“Natural gas does that”

Posted on: June 27th, 2013

New video highlights myriad ways natural gas is used every day. If you have ever looked at the pen you’re writing with, the liner of a swimming pool or scores of other everyday items and wondered, “What does it take to make this?” the answer very likely is, “Natural gas does that.” Today, the Marcellus […]





IPAA Announces Launch of Energy In Depth 3.0

Posted on: June 25th, 2013

First installment in new web-video series also released, taking on myth of high radon content in the Marcellus. Four years removed from the launch of what today is considered the oil and gas industry’s lead research and rapid response platform on issues relating to shale and hydraulic fracturing, the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) announced the […]





IEA: ‘Golden age’ of natural gas continues

Posted on: June 21st, 2013

The United States will continue to lead in natural gas production. PARIS (UPI) — The “golden-age” of natural gas is expected to continue in the medium-term as natural gas use becomes more varied, the IEA said in a report from Paris. The International Energy Agency said it expected the share of natural gas in the global […]





Let’s roll with natural gas

Posted on: June 14th, 2013

T. Boone Pickens writes: OPEC’s monopoly can be broken by switching fuel for trucks. It is not news to Pennsylvanians that natural gas is about to change our lives much as oil did more than 100 years ago. In spite of the inaction or active resistance by our political leaders in Washington, it appears that […]





Joyce Turkaly Joins PIOGA as Director of Natural Gas Market Development

Posted on: June 3rd, 2013

Long-time energy professional will focus on expanding the use of Pennsylvania-produced natural gas. The Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association is pleased to announce the hiring of Joyce Turkaly to the newly created position of Director of Natural Gas Market Development. In this position, the long-time energy professional will work closely with PIOGA’s Transportation & […]





Why Pittsburgh is becoming a boomtown

Posted on: May 31st, 2013

MSN Money reports that proximity to new oil and natural gas sites is drawing interest from abroad and fueling the city’s economic and population growth. MSN Money reports: The Primanti Bros. sandwiches are still stuffed with french fries, the Iron City beer still flows, the Andy Warhol museum is still open, the Pirates are (for […]





Energy Day: The State of Natural Gas in PA and nationally

Posted on: May 9th, 2013

Energy Day took place last week in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The event was organized by America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), the Associated Petroleum Industries of PA (American Petroleum Institute, API), the Marcellus Shale Coalition (MSC) and PIOGA The event was attended by over 300 individuals and representatives of 13 different Chambers of Commerce. We will be […]





Confronting misconceptions on gas drilling

Posted on: May 1st, 2013

The opponents of energy development use specious arguments to advance their agenda of choice. By Louis D. D’Amico After a half-decade of natural gas development, Pennsylvania has commanded the attention of the nation and the world as a leader in energy development, perhaps even more intently than what was predicted in 2008, when Marcellus Shale […]





Pa. high court settles shale gas rights question

Posted on: April 25th, 2013

130 years of oil and gas case law upheld. Associated Press Long-standing case law on the ownership of below-ground minerals and natural gas that has guided the booming natural gas industry since it began exploring the vast Marcellus Shale formation is still in force, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The case raised legal questions about […]





House panel approves Marcellus tax credits

Posted on: April 12th, 2013

“Marcellus Works” package of legislation. HARRISBURG – Bills to provide millions of dollars of state tax credits to develop natural gas markets were approved by a House committee Tuesday after a debate over favoritism to Marcellus Shale companies and job creation strategies. The bills advanced by the Finance Committee are part of the “Marcellus Works” […]





Gas wars: FrackNation backers dare Gasland director to Main Line showdown

Posted on: April 5th, 2013

A group of Philadelphia-area businesses led by companies that sell legal, accounting and PR services to energy companies exploiting the natural gas deep in the Marcellus Shaleformation in upstate Pennsylvania today posted the following challenge… “Dear Mr. Fox: “Since 2010, your documentary film GASLAND has impacted public opinion about the natural gas industry and hydraulic […]





Marcellus Shale development puts state on map internationally

Posted on: March 13th, 2013

PIOGA exec talks shale gas in Brussels. By Erich Schwartzel, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette In late February, Lou D’Amico found himself making his first trip out of North America, flying to Brussels to speak to the environmental committee of the European Parliament. Mr. D’Amico is the executive director of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association, and spends […]





PA Marcellus topped 2 trillion cubic feet of gas in 2012

Posted on: February 21st, 2013

The state’s shale wells produced enough to fulfill 9 percent of the nation’s demand. From the Scranton Times-Tribune: Pennsylvania’s Marcellus and other shale wells produced more than 2 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2012, continuing a trend of production growth despite fewer drilling rigs in the field. New production data reported by natural gas […]





PIOGA Urges Pennsylvanians to Watch “FrackNation”

Posted on: January 18th, 2013

Film to premiere January 22 at 9 p.m. on AXS TV. Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association president and executive director Louis D. D’Amico today encouraged people across the commonwealth to hear the story left untold by films such as “Gasland” and “The Promised Land” by watching “FrackNation” on Tuesday, January 22. The 75-minute film […]





Pa. ranks just after Texas in shale jobs

Posted on: December 20th, 2012

The Keystone state has nearly 103,000 people employed in jobs linked to oil and gas extraction. By Erich Schwartzel / The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Pennsylvania is second only to Texas in the number of workers employed by the unconventional oil and gas industry, according to a new report by IHS Global Insight. The Keystone state had nearly […]





PIOGA Director of Administration Announced

Posted on: November 12th, 2012

Danielle Boston announced as Director of Administration for the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Danielle Boston has joined PIOGA to serve as its Director of Administration. In this capacity, Danielle will support the Board of Directors and the President and Executive Director in all […]





Marcellus Shale reserves larger than expected

Posted on: October 22nd, 2012

Report says Marcellus could contain half the nation’s proven reserves. By Kevin Begos Associated Press PITTSBURGH – There’s been plenty of debate over the Marcellus Shale natural gas field, but new research adds a twist that could impact political and environmental battles. Two independent financial firms say the Marcellus isn’t just the biggest natural gas […]





Turnpike billboards slam gas drilling critics

Posted on: September 13th, 2012

Nogreenslime.com launched to expose the lies and misrepresentations about natural gas development. The following is an Associated Press article PITTSBURGH – A new series of billboards on the Pennsylvania Turnpike describes critics of natural gas drilling as “Green Slime” who use “Lies” to discredit the industry. The billboards and a related website don’t disclose who […]





Stunning Fact: US Shale Gas & Oil Benefits To Reach $1 Billion Per Day

Posted on: July 1st, 2012

Former DEP Secretary John Hanger talks economics. The article below by John Hanger comes from theEID Ohio Project website. The benefits of the shale revolution keep growing and are extraordinary no matter who does the calculations.   A researcher at Yale University calculated that the net benefits of shale gas were $100 billion per year. And now a new […]





Presentations from PIOGA’s 2012 Technical Seminar

Posted on: June 25th, 2012

Download the presentations. “Nuts ‘n Bolts” Technical Seminar June 5, 2012 Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Champion, PA Presentations without a link have not been approved for sharing. Elimination/Reduction of Methane and VOC Emissions   Mark Sommer, Power Ignition and Controls – Appalachia Comparison of Production Results from Open Hole and Cemented Multi-Stage Completions in the Marcellus […]





U.S. energy independence is no longer just a pipe dream

Posted on: May 16th, 2012

USA Today features Pennsylvania’s shale gas revolution. Williamsport, Pa., used to be celebrated for its past — as the 1938 birthplace of Little League Baseball, which still plays its annual World Series nearby. Then natural gas was found. Now this once-sleepy chunk of north-central Pennsylvania is a star on the map of an emerging national […]





State judge grants temporary halt to new zoning rules for drillers

Posted on: April 11th, 2012

Municipal regulation provisions delayed 120 days. The following news item is from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. HARRISBURG — A state judge has granted a 120-day halt to provisions in the new Marcellus Shale drilling law that would override local zoning ordinances for industry activity. That order, released hours after a Commonwealth Court hearing in Harrisburg on the […]





Update: Impact fee legislation signed by governor

Posted on: February 14th, 2012

PIOGA comments on newly signed law. Governor Corbett signed House Bill 1950 on February 14, estabslishing an impact fee on unconventional gas wells, addressing municipal regulation of oil and gas activities, and making changes to the oil and gas regulatory program. In response, PIOGA issued the statement below. WEXFORD, Pa (Feb. 14, 2012 )  Pennsylvania […]





Western Pennsylvania scrambles to land Shell plant

Posted on: January 18th, 2012

Beaver County and Western Pennsylvania could be big winners if Pennsylvania beats out other states for a chemical plant, fed by natural gas, that Royal Dutch Shell plc is planning. Article originally published on January 17th, Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Beaver County and Western Pennsylvania could be big winners if Pennsylvania beats out other states for a […]





Trade group: Shale boom could create a million manufacturing jobs

Posted on: December 13th, 2011

Developing the nation’s vast natural gas shale reserves could create 1 million manufacturing jobs by the year 2025 and save manufacturers $11.6 billion a year because of a low-priced and stable gas supply, according to a report released on Wednesday. The amount of gas in the Marcellus shale reserves in Pennsylvania, New York and West […]





Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania and PIOGA Remind Hunters to Stay Safe Near Oil and Gas Operations

Posted on: November 28th, 2011

“PIOGA is pleased its partnership with the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania is getting the word out across Penns Woods that oil and gas operations can take place in harmony with our rich hunting traditions,” added D’Amico. For a second consecutive year, the Unified Sportsmen of Pennsylvania(P) and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) […]





Washington Co. gets a boost thanks to Marcellus Shale

Posted on: October 18th, 2011

The strength of Washington County’s economy was again confirmed last week as the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics determined that Washington County had the third highest percentage increase of employment in the entire country By Jeff Kotula; Originally published on October 16 in the Observer Reporter   The strength of Washington County’s […]





Court strikes down drilling moratorium

Posted on: September 21st, 2011

The oil and gas development industry has won against an appeal filed by the U.S. Forest Service in regard to drilling on the Allegheny National Forest. Article was orginally published in the September 21, Times Observer. The oil and gas development industry has won against an appeal filed by the U.S. Forest Service in regard to […]





New shale study refutes Cornell: Marcellus gas better than coal

Posted on: August 18th, 2011

Marcellus gas has less impact on global warming than coal, according to a recent study by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. Article was originally published on August 17, 2011 by The Patriot News. Marcellus gas has less impact on global warming than coal, according to a recent study by scientists at Carnegie Mellon University. The peer-reviewed […]





A Tale of Two Shale States

Posted on: July 26th, 2011

Pennsylvania’s gain vs. New York’s missed opportunity. The following article is from the July 21 Wall Street Journal Politicians wringing their hands over how to create more jobs might study the shale boom along the New York and Pennsylvania border. It’s a case study in one state embracing economic opportunity, while the other has let environmental […]





Study: Marcellus Shale helping Pittsburgh region economy

Posted on: June 22nd, 2011

Employment numbers expected to rebound to pre-slump levels by early 2012. The following article is from the June 21 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.   The Pittsburgh metropolitan area is weathering the recession better than many other parts of the country, partly because of Marcellus Shale production, researchers said Monday, projecting that the region’s employment numbers will rebound to […]





Pennsylvania American Water Releases Water Sampling Results

Posted on: May 17th, 2011

No Detectable Levels of Radiological Contaminants or Volatile Organic Compounds Found at Intakes   Following a full battery of tests at Pennsylvania American Water’s raw water intakes along the Allegheny, Clarion and Monongahela Rivers and Two Lick Creek, in Indiana, PA, the company found no elevated or harmful levels of radiological contaminants, volatile organic compounds […]





PIOGA Announces Staff Additions

Posted on: April 28th, 2011

Wexford, PA, May 3 – The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association today announced the addition of two senior staff members to support the organization’s growing membership base of more than 800 oil and gas producers, marketers and service providers. Joining PIOGA are Kevin Moody, Vice President and General Counsel; and Al Catanzarite, Vice President, Public […]





Marcellus shale boom offers Alle-Kiski Valley job opportunities

Posted on: March 28th, 2011

The Valley News Dispatch published the following workforce/training article on the growth of the jobs and educational providers that now are training for the oil and gas industry. By Rossilynne Skena, VALLEY NEWS DISPATCH Sunday, March 27, 2011 Kurtis Fish is only 20 years old and he’s already making $80,000 per year. Same goes for […]





Groundtruthing Academy Award Nominee ‘Gasland’

Posted on: February 25th, 2011

Separating fact from distortion about gas drilling The link below is to a detailed “fact check” published this morning on the New York Times “Greenwire” website about the film Gasland.  MUST-READ: Groundtruthing Academy Award Nominee ‘Gasland’‎ – New York Times/E&E News The documentary “Gasland” brought the term “hydraulic fracturing” into the nation’s living rooms. With its sharp […]





Welcome to PIOGA’s new, improved website

Posted on: February 11th, 2011

Whether you are working in the industry or want to learn more about oil and gas in Pennsylvania, you’ll find plenty of useful information here. Welcome to the all-new website of the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association. Whether you are currently a PIOGA member, or if you are interested in getting involved in Pennsylvania’s […]





PIOGA responds to Associated Press Story

Posted on: January 20th, 2011

The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association can only borrow a word from state Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger regarding the wide publication of an Associated Press article trying to connect the regulated process of treating gas drilling wastewater to claims that drinking water sources are not being protected in Pennsylvania (“Rivers Absorbing Tainted Water […]





Penn State Credits Marcellus Shale with Creation of Thousands of Jobs

Posted on: April 23rd, 2010

The Marcellus Shale has the potential to be the second largest natural gas field in the world. Converted to British Thermal Units (BTUs), the natural gas found in the Marcellus could be equivalent to the energy content of 87 billion barrels of oil, enough to meet the demand of the entire world for nearly three years. Read […]