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FERC approves two major East Coast pipelines
Federal regulators on Friday approved two major natural gas pipelines for construction on the East Coast. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission granted approvals for the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines, the Associated Press reported. One of the three commissioners dissented.
The Mountain Valley Pipeline, which is slated to cost $3.5 billion, would span 300 miles from the northern portion of West Virginia all the way to Danville, Virginia. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will amount to $5 billion, will stretch 600 miles from north-central West Virginia, through Virginia and through eastern North Carolina.
Business advocates say the pipelines will lower energy costs and jump start economic development, but opponents argue the pipelines will interfere with property rights and have a negative impact on the environment.
PIOGA November events
We have a lot happening in November: technical training organized by the PIOGA Safety Committee, a fun networking event and our annual tax seminar. Here is what's coming up:

Incipient Industrial Fire Training
This is not your everyday fire extinguisher class! Hosted in conjunction with Butler County Community College and RJR Safety, Inc., this four-hour training on November 9 at the college's new Public Safety Training Facility at the Butler campus will allow participants to train with scenarios and props that are specific to oil and gas operations/facilities. Attendees will gain hands-on experience using fire extinguishers to put out actual fires in scenarios that are common in the industry. Don't miss this great training! Class size is limited to only 20 participants, so register today.

Cigar Dinner Networking Event
Also taking place on Thursday, November 9, is a cigar dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mallorca Restaurant in Pittsburgh. Registration opens early this week, so watch your email for the opportunity to sign up. Participants will enjoy drinks, a sumptuous dinner and a three-cigar pairing. If you're interested in signing on as a cigar or wine sponsor, please contact Debbie Oyler atdebbie@pioga.org or724-933-7306 ext. 22.

Annual Oil & Gas Tax and Accounting Seminar
Hosted by the PIOGA Tax Committee and member company Arnett Carbis Toothman (ACT), this November 30 event will be held at the Hyatt Place at the Meadowlands in Washington. ACT has adjusted its presentation this year to include not only changes in various federal, state and local taxes, but to approach each area to explain how oil and gas investors, operators, royalty owners, service companies and professionals should maximize tax and economic benefits. Planning for current and future opportunities and challenges will be emphasized. Click here for complete details and registration.
Speaking of PIOGA events...
To follow up on last week's item about the October 5 PIOGA Annual Membership Meeting, we have posted related documents in our Members Only site. These include presentations from staff and committee chairmen and an updated copy of our bylaws after members voted to add two new membership categories (Emeritus and Student). Go to the Advocacy/Resources page and scroll down to the Association Resource Material heading. A report on the Annual Meeting can be found in the October PIOGA Press.

We also are pleased to share our 2018 event dates. Please save the dates and watch for details as the events get closer.
  • PIOGA Spring Meeting, March 21, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh
  • Ted Cranmer Memorial Golf Outing & Steak Fry, June 4, Wanango Golf Club, Reno
  • 21st Annual Divot Diggers Golf Outing, August 23, Tam O'Shanter Golf Club, Hermitage
  • Fall Oktoberfest and Annual Meeting, October 17-18, Seven Springs Resort, Champion
Call for Northeast Oil & Gas Awards nominations
The 6th Annual Northeast Oil & Gas Awards are open for entries now until the deadline of December 13. Many PIOGA members have participated in the Northeast Awards and have been successful. We wish anyone participating the best of luck. Full category information can be found here. Winners will be announced at the annual Industry Summit and Awards Gala in March 2018.





Safety PIOGATech - Industrial Fire Training

2017 Oil & Gas Tax and Accounting Seminar


Upcoming Events

Platts 10th Annual Appalachian Oil & Gas Conference, October 23-24, Pittsburgh. PIOGA members receive $350 discount using code PD733PIOGA 
Natural Gas for High Horsepower Summit, November 6-9, Jacksonville, FL. PIOGA members receive $50 discount using code PA50BB
PIOGATech: Incipient Industrial Fire Training, November 9, Butler County Community College, Butler

PIOGA Annual Tax & Accounting Seminar, November 30, Hyatt Place Pittsburgh South, Washington
PIOGATech: Risk Assessment/Compliance Training, December 14, The Chadwick, Wexford 
PIOGA Holiday Member Mixer, December 14, The Chadwick, Wexford

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