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Next up for PIOGA technical training: Confined Space Awareness
PIOGA's Safety Committee is pleased to host Confined Space Awareness Training on May 11 in conjunction with our partnersCivil & 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 Pittsburgh.

Many workplaces contain spaces that are considered "confined" because their configurations hinder the activities of employees who must enter, work in, and exit them. A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy. This awareness level training will touch on the following OSHA standards (1910.146).The three-hour class will cover the following topics:
  • Definition of confined spaces
  • Hazards of confined spaces
  • Training for entrants, attendants & supervisors
  • Permit-required confined spaces
  • Emergency rescue
  • PPE
Typical confined space equipment stations will be set up with live demos on how to set up, use, calibrate, etc., equipment used during a typical confined space entry.
For more details and registration, click here.
Water and Waste Management Training a big success
Our April 20 PIOGATech Water and Waste Management Training won rave reviews from participants. Here's what one said: "Great program today. I learned a lot of useful information and met many new friends! Very well organized and executed."

PIOGA thanks the Environmental Committee and our industry partners Aquatech International Corporation, Fluid Recovery Services, LLC, and Babst Calland for making the event a big success.

The committee's next training opportunity will occur on July 27 and address aboveground storage tanks and respirable silica compliance. Watch your email or check the PIOGA Events section of our website for further details.
Thanks and good luck, Tracy!
It is with mixed feelings that we report this Friday, the 28th, will be Tracy Zink's last day on the PIOGA staff. On the one hand, we are excited for her chance to pursue a new career opportunity. On the other, we will miss her upbeat personality in the office as well as the many things she has capably done for the association.

Tracy joined PIOGA in November 2012 and most recently has held the title of Committee Liaison and Senior Administrative Assistant. As administrative assistant, Tracy has done everything from greeting people who walk into the office to ordering supplies to maintaining the association database - the latter nearly a full-time task in an of itself.

Some of Tracy's most important work involves our committees. She coordinates with committee chairs and PIOGA staff members to schedule and organize meetings and to make sure committee members receive updates and meeting materials in a timely manner. A huge task for her has been taking care of the logistics for our popular PIOGATech technical training series.

That just scratches the surface of what Tracy has done on behalf of your association over the last four-plus years. We will truly miss her and wish her the best as she takes this next step in her career.
Earth Day and the health benefits of fracking
Just ahead of Earth Day this past Saturday, and as anti-fossil fuel activists prepared to "march for science," Energy In Depth released a new compendium demonstrating that air quality improvements across the country can be traced directly back to hydraulic fracturing.

The report - Compendium of Studies Demonstrating the Safety and Health Benefits of Fracking - houses dozens of scientific studies that show how the increased use of natural gas for electricity generation, made possible by the shale revolution, is the reason for dramatic decreases in air pollution across the board. This, in turn, has provided substantial health benefits for Americans.

In addition to the compendium, EID unveiled a new microsite, EIDHealth.org - a one-stop shop for anyone looking for information about shale development and public health. <Continue reading>
Make your plans for the Ted Cranmer Memorial Golf Outing and Summer Picnic
Join your industry friends and associates on Monday, June 5, for a day of golf and great food at one of the finest golf courses in northwestern Pennsylvania, Wanango Golf Club, located just outside Oil City.

This annual event has been renamed in honor of Ted Cranmer, the long-time PIOGA and POGAM board member who passed away in December. The success of the Wanango outing was one of Ted's passions for 10 years, and the event raised thousands of dollars to benefit the association's mission. We are pleased to honor Ted's legacy with the renaming of the summer picnic and golf outing.

If you don't care to golf, you can still join us for cocktails and the delicious steak fry after the outing. For registration and sponsorship opportunities, click here.


PIOGA letter to producer members
Re: IOGA-PA / Peoples Production Enhancement Service (PES) Program

Dear Producer:

Peoples Natural Gas Company and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association (PIOGA) have worked together at the request of the producers to have a Production Enhancement Service (PES) Program. By producers working together through PIOGA, the producers have become the largest supplier of natural gas to the Peoples System, and Peoples works directly with them through PIOGA.
The PES Program has been in effect since the mid-2000s with two major goals: to enhance deliverability of primarily conventional PA production and to integrate services to economize the cost of meeting the water vapor requirements for pipeline quality natural gas. Enhancements made to the systems include installing compressor stations and pipeline interconnects, and upgrading and installing pipelines and strategically located water dehydration systems to bring the production into compliance with pipeline quality gas. Producers, Peoples and PIOGA have all benefited from this cooperation. The producers support the PES Program with currently over 85% of the local production on the People's system enrolled!
In a few days Peoples will be providing producers with notice of its plans to commence testing individual producer sales meters by system to ensure water vapor compliance consistent with their tariff that went into effect in October 2015. Producers that are part of the PES Program will be subject to the water vapor standards reflected in the attached schedule. If a producer declines participation in the PES Program and is demonstrated to have gas quality that does not meet the tariff standards, then Peoples will shut in the noncompliant production until either the producer (i) demonstrates that it has workable, installed gas treatment equipment that brings the gas into compliance with the tariff standards or (ii) enters into an agreement with Peoples for Peoples to treat the producer's gas or, if the producer has already entered into such an agreement (such as the PES agreement), in accordance with the procedures in the gas quality treatment agreement. These are the only two ways for a producer to avoid having Peoples shut in production that fails to meet either the tariff or agreement standard.
PIOGA and the committee elected by the producers to meet with Peoples on a quarterly basis are here to assist any producer with questions.


Dan Weaver
President and Executive Director
Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association
724-933-7306, ext. 30 or dan@pioga.org

PIOGATech Confined Space Entry Awareness Training

Ted Cranmer Memorial Summer Picnic and Golf Outing


Reserve your directory ad space now! Good advertising spots are still available in PIOGA's upcoming 2017-2018 Membership Directory. The directory is an excellent way of putting  your company in front of the full membership, including all new members, for an entire year. Ad sizes and rates can be found here. To inquire or reserved space, contact Debbie Oyler at debbie@pioga.org or 724-933-7306 ext. 22. The advertising deadline has been extended to Friday, May 5.


Upcoming Events

PIOGATech Water & Wastewater Management Training, April 20, Aquatech International, Canonsburg

Shale Gas Innovation Contest Finals Event (free), May 9,Hilton Garden Inn, Southpointe

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