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If you are headed east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) near the New Stanton exit, keep an eye out for this billboard. Clicking on the billboard image on our homepage opens a printable document that helps to educate about the importance of natural gas in everyone's lives and the positive impacts to the economy and the air we all breathe. We encourage you to share the information with friends, family and associates.
Governor renews call for severance tax
Governor Tom Wolf's FY2018-19 budget proposal again includes a natural gas severance tax. In his February 6 budget address, Wolf advocated for a severance tax like the one passed last year by the Senate, which he said would generate just under $250 million.
The tax legislation approved by the Senate would impose a levy of up to 3.5 cents per Mcf depending on the annual NYMEX average price for natural gas. The impact fee would be retained on top of the new tax. The House is considering a version of the tax as well.
"Year after year, the legislature has rightfully rejected calls for an additional tax on natural gas production in the Commonwealth. We encourage them to reject this proposal once again, and allow natural gas development and pipeline construction to continue to grow and provide economic opportunities, jobs and energy savings for Pennsylvanians," PIOGA President and Executive Dan Weaver said in response to the governor's proposal.
He added: "To propose another burden on our industry on the same day as an announcement by the state Department of Environmental Protection to increase well permitting fees by 250 percent is more evidence that the Wolf administration is seeking to punish Pennsylvania's energy producers and job creators."

PUC adjusts 2017 impact fee upward
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has adjusted the unconventional well impact fee upward for the 2017 calendar year, with first-year horizontal wells paying $5,400 more than the previous year and newly drilled vertical wells $1,000 more than for 2016.

Act 13 of 2012 directs the PUC to adjust the fee annually based on the average NYMEX Henry Hub price for the year and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the region-but only if the number of unconventional wells spud increases over the previous year. In 2017, 786 wells were spud, compared to 503 in 2016. The higher number of wells, coupled with an average Henry Hub price increase to $3.11 enabled the PUC to move the impact fee to the next higher fee schedule, shown below.

The notice appeared in the February 3 Pennsylvania Bulletin. Impact fee payments by unconventional operators are due April 1. Additional information is available on the PUC's Act 13 impact fee website.

The Independent Fiscal Office estimates 2017 impact fees will increase by $46.1 million over the 2016 level.

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Register today for the Spring Meeting
If you haven't already registered, we encourage you do do so today for our March 21 Spring Meeting at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. We have a great lineup of speakers and topics that will be of interest to all facets of the industry as a new year begins and activity continues to grow.

Here's a look at what you can expect:
  • Forge the Future Initiative, Morgan O'Brien, Peoples Natural Gas
  • Appalachian Basin Energy Forecasting and Economic Outlook, Mason Ender, BTU Analytics
  • Underground Injection Program in Pennsylvania, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (invited)
  • Inconvenient Facts, Gregory Wrighstone, Geologist and Author
  • Keynote Luncheon Speaker - Steven Winberg, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Legacy Wells Overview and Management, Dr. Terry Engelder, Professor Emeritus, Penn State University; and Seth Pelepko and Harry Wise, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Case Law on Leaseholds, Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC speaker
  • Burner Tip Opportunities, Expanding Midstream Panel: Erika Young, Enbridge; Brandon Martin, Dominion Energy Transmission, Inc.; Keefe Long, UGI Energy Services, Inc.
  • Pennsylvania Legislative Update, PA House Speaker Mike Turzai
The day will also include networking opportunities, exhibits and a bit of fun. Full details and registration are here.






Presidents Day. The PIOGA offices will be closed next Monday, February 19. Watch for your PIOGA eWeekly on Tuesday the 20th.

Legacy Well Workshop. To begin a dialogue on well plugging and other issues confronting Pennsylvania's legacy well operators, PIOGA along with the Pennsylvania Grade Crude Oil Coalition and the Pennsylvania Independent Petroleum Producers will host a Legacy Well Workshop on Tuesday, February 27, at Clarion University in Clarion. There will be no cost for operators to participate, but an RSVP will be required. If you are a conventional producer and are interested in participating, please email Deana McMahan for information. The deadline to register is next Tuesday, the 20th.

Cigar Networking Event. Join us from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 22, at The Lot at Edgewater in Oakmont for another fun networking opportunity. Your registration includes drinks, heavy appetizers and a three-cigar pairing. Registration is now open, and we're looking for sponsors too. Find out more here.

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