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Report projects up to $3.7 billion in petrochemical investments in PA
Governor Tom Wolf and the Team Pennsylvania Foundation have released the report from a comprehensive study, Prospects to Enhance Pennsylvania's Opportunities in Petrochemical Manufacturing, that 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 and plastics manufacturing.

"Pennsylvania has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to develop and implement a strategy that will cultivate a manufacturing renaissance and transform our economy across the Commonwealth," said Governor Wolf. "The foundation for building a diverse and robust petrochemical and plastics industry was initiated with the decision by Shell Chemicals to invest in Pennsylvania - and we must ensure that we make the most of this chance to create good paying jobs for Pennsylvanians."

According to the study, natural gas from the Marcellus and Utica Shale reserves accounted for a quarter of all natural gas produced in the U.S. in 2015, and is expected to account for more than 40 percent by 2030. Additionally, 40 percent of the natural gas produced is rich in NGLs, more than 70 percent of which is ethane and propane. Ethane and propane are two important and high-value NGLs used in basic petrochemical production and plastics manufacturing. <Continue reading>
DEP launches online tool for reviewing electronic submissions by unconventional operators

The Department of Environmental Protection has launched the e-submissions public review tool to make documents submitted electronically by unconventional oil and gas operators more quickly available to the public. DEP's Chapter 78A oil and gas regulations, implemented in October 2016, require unconventional operators to file electronically many documents they previously submitted in paper form.


"Electronic oil and gas document submission is a critical step in making DEP permitting and monitoring more efficient and transparent," said DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell. To date, 26 operators have electronically filed almost 900 documents, the department reported.


The e-submissions public review tool enables citizens to search for documents by various parameters, for example, seeing the documents for a specific well site or for all wells run by one operator in a particular county or the state. The following documents are available:

  • Borrow pit registration
  • Well development impoundment registration
  • Area of review summary report, specifying results of the operator's survey of the area for existing wells of any kind
  • Request for alternate waste management practice
  • Request for previously approved alternate waste management practice;
  • Due diligence extension request
  • Well records, including when the operator drilled, the casing materials and hardware used, the depth, and the geologic formations
  • Well completion report
  • Underground/partially buried storage tanks registration
  • Well site restoration period extension request
  • Post-drilling site restoration report
  • Post-plugging site restoration report
The oil and gas operator e-submissions public review tool is part of a major campaign to modernize technology at DEP.
Register now: PIOGA Water & Waste Management Training
Exploration and production of oil and gas in Pennsylvania 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 a comprehensive overview of industry protocols for site preparation, transporting, treating, recycling, reuse, processing, and disposing of wastes.

PIOGA's Environmental Committee is pleased to host this training on April 20 at Aquatech International in Canonsburg in conjunction with our partnersAquatech International Corporation, Fluid Recovery Services, LLC and Babst Calland. The five-hour class will cover the following topics:
  • Water Management Trends and Industry Practices
  • Types of Fluids Associated with Oil & Gas Exploration & Production; Water Treatment & Disposal
  • Solids Management
  • Regulatory Framework
  • DEP Panel to review status of Best Management Practices, Storage & AMD
More information and registration are available here.

Don't forget: Free cyber threats webinar
PIOGA member and insurance specialist ECBM is offering a free webinar, "How the Energy Industry Is a Bigger Target for Hackers and What You Can Do about It," from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. This introduction to risks and insights for cyber security and protection for the energy industry will incorporate what the panelists have seen in case studies and have experienced in their practice. The discussion will include takeaways such as how to reduce the risk of a cyber-attack and ways to create an action plan to be able to act quickly if one does occur. Follow this link to register.
Grab a great advertising spot now in PIOGA's upcoming membership directory
Although several of the premium positions have already been taken, there are still a variety of good advertising spots available in PIOGA's upcoming 2017-2018 Membership Directory. The hardcopy directory is an excellent way of getting your company information 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 make a reservation, contact Debbie Oyler at debbie@pioga.org or 724-933-7306 ext. 22.

Whiskey Tasting & Networking Mixer

PIOGATech Water & Waste Management Training


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Upcoming Events

PIOGA Whiskey Tasting & Networking Mixer, March 29, Parlay Lounge, Washington

Hydraulic Fracturing and Induced Seismicity, Penn State Extension webinar, April 13

How the Energy Industry Is a Bigger Target for Hackers and What You Can Do about It, PIOGA/ECBM webinar, April 19

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


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