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The good news of DEP's emissions report
When the Department of Environmental Protection released its latest report on air emissions from the natural gas industry, the media responded with headlines such as, "Air pollutants from Pennsylvania oil and gas sites continue to rise."

Headlines like that, however, miss the key point: Methane emissions from Pennsylvania natural gas operations rose by just 1.5 percent in 2014 despite a 32-percent increase in production.

And while there were more significant increases in emissions of nitrogen oxides, fine particulate matter, sulfur dioxide, volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide, the higher numbers correspond to the 12-percent growth in midstream facilities (all of which, by the way, are permitted and tightly regulated) in 2014.

""Although the reported emissions from the natural gas sector increased in 2014, overall our air quality continues to improve due to emissions reductions from other point sources such as electric generating units," acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. "Between 2011 and 2014, NOX and S02 emissions from electric generating units have decreased by 18 percent (27,246 tons per year) and 17 percent (54,973 tons per year), respectively."

For an excellent perspective on the DEP emissions report, check out this Energy In Depth blog post.
Please participate in PIOGA's safety survey
If you haven't already done so, PIOGA's Safety Committee strongly urges you to take a brief survey about safety issues, training and other related matters. The committee is "rebooting" under new chairman Wayne Vanderhoof and wants to make itself as relevant as possible to the association's members.

Click here to access the survey. It should take no more than 5 minutes of your time to complete.
Chapter 78a webinars
Don't forget that 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 today, DEP is offering 10 webinars that will run through September 1. Each presentation covers a particular aspect of the regulations, and most are scheduled for an hour to an hour-and-a-half in length.

To see the list of webinars and register to participate, click here. DEP also will record and post the sessions so they can be viewed at any time.
You're invited to come and talk business
NFIB/Pennsylvania and PIOGA member Kriebel Companies invite you to meet your lawmakers face to face to talk business. The event is this Friday, August 26, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Kriebel offices in Clarion. Participating will be Congressman Glenn "GT" Thompson, state Senator Scott Hutchinson and state Representative Donna Oberlander. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP by contacting Suzanne Stoltenberg at suzanne.stoltenberg@nfib.org or717-232-8582 ext. 1.


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Upcoming events

PIOGA Pig Roast, Technical Conference and Sports Outing, Tuesday & Wednesday, August 23-24, Seven Springs Mountain Resort. It's not too late: On-site registration is available! Attention, golfers and shooters: Wednesday Golf check-in begins at 7:15 a.m., with an 8 o'clock start time. Sporting clays registration opens  at 9 a.m. Starting time is 10. Lunch for both golfers and shooters is about 12:30 p.m.

45th Annual Meeting, Eastern Section, American Association of Petroleum Geologists,
September 25-27, Lexington, Kentucky. If you are planning on attending one of the workshops or field trips before the event, please sign up by Friday, August 26.

9th Annual Appalachian Oil & Gas Conference, October 25-26, Pittsburgh.

Click here to read the August issue of The PIOGA Press.

Legacy Members Only Page

Need to find some resource documents that were on the legacy Members Only Area?  Click here. If prompted for a password, use pioga-13.