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October 29, 2015




The Union of JOY (Jobs, Opportunity & YOU) Transition Team and Statewide Early Warning Network (SEWN) invite you to attend an informational session on the state of Pennsylvania’s energy sector on:

October 29, 2015
8 – 11:30 A.M.
Cross Creek Resort,
3815 PA-8; Titusville, PA 16354

What are your next steps?

What options do you have to diversify your business?

What assistance is available

Understanding local and global forces affecting the commonwealth’s mining, oil, and natural gas industries is crucial to making informed business and workforce decisions.  Attendees will receive sector-specific labor market information; learn how to receive and leverage local, state, and federal resources; and foster partnerships with local and state employment services networks that can provide recruiting, retention, training, and outplacement help.


Scheduled speakers include: Mr. Dan Weaver, PIOGA Public Outreach Director and Mr. Bud Shuffstall Esq., Senior Vice President Northwest Savings Bank and Senior Oil, Gas, and Mineral Officer will speak on energy-industry futures; Ms. Beverly Rapp, Department of Labor & Industry Rapid Response Coordination Services will discuss Commonwealth employment and outplacement services; and Mr. Bob Value, SEWN Deputy Director will talk about layoff aversion and reemployment strategies.


This event is free to attend. Space is limited. Register by October 23 to reserve your seat.

To register go online at For more information  Call Lance Hummer at Keystone Community Education Council at 814-677-4427 or Deb Lutz at the Oil Region Alliance of Business, Industry & Tourism at 814-677-3152 ext. 115.

Important Info:

Mining, Oil and Gas Field Machinery Manufacturing Reshore Readiness Report


Act 13:


From Marcellus Drilling News:
PA Supreme Court Rules Against State/Drillers in Act 13 Case
No doubt most MDN readers have already heard the earth-shattering news from yesterday that Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has sided with the seven towns who sued the state to retain their right to regulate (zone) where drilling and related activities can and cannot happen in their communities. MDN has long covered this story and worried that a split decision after one of the justices resigned would lead to an unresolved situation. As fate would have it,...more

From NPR State Impact
State asks Pa. Supreme Court to reconsider parts of Act 13 ruling
Pennsylvania is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider some parts of its historic decision on Act 13, the 2012 overhaul of the state’s natural gas drilling laws.

In declaring parts of Act 13 unconstitutional last month, the Supreme Court cited the Environmental Rights Amendment of the state constitution that guarantees clean air, pure water and environmental preservation. ... more

United States: Clearing The Fog On The PA Supreme Court’s Marcellus Shale Decision

There's been a good bit of confusion in the early reactions to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision in Robinson Township et al v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al., declaring that key aspects of the Act 13 revisions to Pennsylvania's Oil and Gas Law are unconstitutional. The following is a  review of the main points to help clear the fog. 

Cutting right to the chase, the main results of the Supreme Court's 4-2 judgment are as follows: (more)




November 12, 2013 - Market Entry for the Shale Gas Industry
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October 10, 2013 - Supply Chain Basics









Fueling Our Economic Growth with Natural Gas



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Press Release: Natural Gas:  The Building Block for Economic Growth And What It Could Mean For Pennsylvania



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September 10, 2013

Registration: 7:30 - 8:30 AM

Program: 8:30 - 4:30 PM


Cost: $50 on or before August  23rd, $65 after August 23rd.

Cross Creek Resort,  Titusville, PA 16354


Greetings from Northwest Pennsylvania!

We are very excited to announce our upcoming event – “Fueling Our Economic Growth with Natural Gas” scheduled for September 10th, 2013 at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville, Pa.  This event is focused on the business opportunities available due to the growth of the natural gas industry.

How can/does the growth of the natural gas industry affect you and your business? Statistics from the American Chemistry Council suggest that along with reduced transportation and material costs and energy stability for the country, the readily available natural gas supply in our area can spur more than 17,000 permanent jobs in the chemical industry and throughout the supply chain in everything from trade and craft jobs to highly-skilled knowledge workers.

Josh Young, the Government Affairs Director of the Washington, DC headquarters of the American Chemistry Council and the Executive Director of the Chemical Industry Council of Delaware will be a key presenter at the conference.

On behalf of the Northwest PA Oil and Gas Hub, I am requesting your consideration in becoming a participant of this event – either as a sponsor, exhibitor, advertiser, or attendee.


Geology of Natural Gas Resources -
(Presentation on where we were, where we are, and where are we headed. Mainly information on PA but people needs the exposure on what is available in the US.) Dan Weaver - Director of Public Outreach, PIOGA

American Chemistry Council - (Overview of the Council and what they do) - Josh Young – Government Affairs Director, American Chemistry Council

American Manufacturing Renaissance - "Natural Gas - the Building Block for Economic Growth and What it Could Mean for Pennsylvania" Dan Borne' -
President of the Louisiana Chemical Association and President of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance. Mr. Borne’ will address the following topics

• What is a Cracker Petrochemical Plant?

• Why is Ethylene the Building Block of the Industry?

• What could be expected from the Chemical Industry?

• Economic Impact

• What is the multiplier effect?

• What could be expected from the Chemical Industry

Environmental Impact – (Regulator Issues "Firm, Fair, Predictable")

Western Pennsylvania’s Connection to Natural Gas Fueling "What is the Potential and Future for LNG and CNG.

• Comprehensive Solutions

• Integrated Fueling Services

• Helping with Conversion to Succeed with Natural Gas Fueling

If you have any questions, please contact one of our event co-coordinators:

Deb Lutz                                                                       Lance J. Hummer

Oil Region Alliance of Business,                                 Keystone Community Education Council

Industry & Tourism                                                      814-677-4427


Press Release


Natural Gas:  The Building Block for Economic Growth

And What It Could Mean For Pennsylvania


The economic impact of the proposed Shell Oil Company's multibillion-dollar petrochemical plant in Beaver County is expected to be substantial.  To date very few businesses, industries and community leaders are aware of what can be expected once the Cracker Petrochemical plant is in full operation. 


According to Dan Weaver, PIOGA’s Director of Public Outreach “We (PIOGA) are anxiously awaiting news about the Shell Cracker Plant and potential economic boom that this type of facility offers to our region.”


The American Chemistry Council, an industry group, states that the spinoff effects of the plant could support thousands of permanent jobs in the chemical industry throughout the state.

The effect of the Cracker Petrochemical plant will expand beyond the Beaver county line.  There will be a multiplier effect for businesses and industry within a 150 mile radius of the plant.  The potential economic impact should encompass a multi-state region.       


Due to the multiplier effect manufacturing jobs would be created at companies that support the plant or buy its materials.  Industry surveys indicate that skilled workers will be needed to fill positions such as process technicians/operators, pipefitters, welders, mechanics/millwrights, electrical tech, instrument techs, scaffold builders, and laborers.      


The Northwest Pennsylvania Oil & Gas HUB Taskforce (NWPA OIL & GAS HUB) has taken the lead to disseminate this vital information throughout the impact area.


The NWPA OIL & GAS HUB is a partnership of education, economic development agencies, planning and development, and industry associations.  Due to the growth of the natural gas industry and the planned building of the cracker plant in Monaca the Taskforce is now focusing on the business opportunities that will become available in the impact area.


NWPA OIL & GAS HUB will offer a special one -day conference on September 10th at Cross Creek Resort in Titusville, PA entitled 'Fueling Our Economic Growth with Natural Gas.'


We are honored to have as the keynote speaker, Dan Borne, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association and also the President of the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance.  From his vast amount of knowledge and first-hand experience he will advise the conference participants about the 'economic boom' possibilities as they relate to the proposed natural gas and cracker petrochemical plant by-products.


More information can be found on our website www.nwpaoil&



Upcoming Penn State Programs in Western Pennsylvania
January 24, 2013 - February 13, 2013

Penn State will be holding two programs in a variety of locations within the next month. 

“Seismic Testing, Pipeline Agreements, and Leasing Update”
will include Dan Brockett and Jon Laughner with the Penn State Marcellus Education Team. Dan and Jon will provide information on seismic testing and pipeline right-of-ways and what options may be available for landowners. 
“Do Landowners Under Conventional Lease Have Options?"
will mainly be geared to leased landowners.  Natural gas drillers have been producing the fuel from "conventional" gas reservoirs for over 150 years. New shale gas production techniques have opened much wider areas for exploration, including the Marcellus, Utica, and Upper Devonian Shale formations. Many landowners in northwestern Pennsylvania may have their property leased for the purposes of conventional gas production, but may be approached to have their lease amended in order to meet unit size standards or other conditions of unconventional shale gas production. This Workshop is intended to help landowners under lease to understand what their options might be if shale gas production is going to occur.

Butler County January 24th 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Seismic Testing, Pipeline Agreements, and Leasing Update, Slippery Rock Township Building, 155 Branchton Rd., Slippery Rock


Venango County February 6th 3:00 to 5:00 PM, Do Landowners Under Conventional Lease Have Options?, Venango Extension Office, Venango County Fairgrounds, 867 Mercer Rd., Franklin


Venango County February 6th 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Do Landowners Under Conventional Lease Have Options?, Venango Extension Office, Venango County Fairgrounds, 867 Mercer Rd., Franklin


Beaver County February 7th 1:30 to 3:30 PM, Seismic Testing and Pipeline Agreements Hookstown Volunteer Fire Department, 102 Silver Slipper Rd., Hookstown PA

Beaver County February 7th, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Seismic Testing and Pipeline Agreements, South Beaver Fire Hall, 740 State Route 168, Darlington PA

Beaver County February 13, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Do Landowners Under Conventional Lease Have Options? , Penn State Beaver Campus, Student Union Lower Level Auditorium, 100 University Drive, Monaca PA.

Pre-registration for all programs are required by calling the county Extension agency.  A fee of $10 per person will be charged at the door.  For further information, please check our Natural Gas Events website at  for additional information.



“America’s New Industrial Revolution:  A Renaissance for US Chemical Manufacturing”

Thursday, January 17th,  from 1 to 2 PM

The Penn State Marcellus Education Team


Dan Borné, President of the Louisiana Chemical Association, provides insight to the value of these liquids. Dan  will discuss how the shale plays are revolutionizing manufacturing in the United States. An abundant low cost energy source, coupled with increased labor expenses abroad, has created a paradigm shift in manufacturing operations in the United States. Industry is now looking domestically at expanding their operations or the re-shoring of manufacturing operations. Listen in to learn some of the labor implications, business opportunities and expected impacts within the manufacturing sector.  Extension educator Matt Henderson will moderate the session.


The webinar is part of a monthly series of online workshops addressing that provide education about on a variety of current topics related to shale gas  development.  Upcoming planned topics include:


Feb. 21, 2013:    The Science Behind Best Management Practices – Nels Johnson, The Nature Conservancy

March 20, 2013  To be announced

April 24, 2013     Utica Reservoir Production, Mike Arthur, Co-Director, Penn State Marcellus Outreach and Research (Wednesday, 2:30 to 3:30 PM)


Webinars will typically run from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, with time for questions and answers.


Registration is not necessary, and all are welcome to participate by logging in to .  If you have questions concerning the webinars, please contact Carol Loveland at


Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website (





November 9th, 2012, 9am - 11:30am

Pinecrest Country Club
29 West Pinecrest Lane
Brookville, PA 15825



Northwest PA Oil & Gas Hub
Jefferson County Department of Development
"O" Ring CNG


Fuel Systems, L.P.

Palo CNG
Vantage Health Care Network
Jefferson County Development Council
Clarion County Economic Development Council


The Northwest PA Oil and Gas Hub and the Jefferson County Department of Development are pleased to present the Tri-County Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) Event at Pinecrest Country Club on November 9th, 2012.
At this educational seminar, we will inform fleet owners how they can help reduce our nation's dependence on foreign oil and utilize our own clean, abundant, PA resource: natural gas.
Attendees will hear from PA politicians, natural gas producers, NGV providers, and CNG fuel station providers. Finally, DEP will present information on the new Act 13 grant program to provide funding for fleets who wish to convert to natural gas. Applications come out in December and will be due by the end of the year, so now is the time to learn how you can qualify!
CNG and natural gas vehicles are the way of the future for Americans, especially Pennsylvanian's who live above one of the largest natural gas reserves in the world. Properly utilized, natural gas has the power to boost our own economy immensely while simultaneously reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil. Better still, CNG is green: green because it is environmentally friendly as well as monetary "green" saved in your fleet's gas bills.
Registration will take place from 9:00 - 9:30, followed by presentations, with the networking lunch to follow.
Please RSVP by November 2nd, 2012.

Prepayment is required ($15.00/person) and can be made in the form of checks to:
Attn: Jamie Lefever
330 N Point Drive
Suite 213
Clarion PA 16214
For any inquiries call:
Bonnie Streyle  







October 22, 2012
6:00 to 8:00 PM
Venango County Extension Office
867 Mercer Rd., Franklin, PA 16323


Setting the Stage
Dan Brockett, Penn
State Educator

Shale Geology in Western PA
Mike Arthur, Penn State Professor of Geosciences and
Co-Director, Marcellus Center for Outreach and

Shale Economics
Tom Murphy, Penn State, Co-Director, Marcellus Center for
Outreach and Research

Questions and Answers

Seating is limited:
please pre-register by calling 877-489-1398

This program is for educational purposes only. No part of this presentation is to be considered legal advice. Please consult with your attorney before signing any legal document. Where trade and/or company names appear, no discrimination is intended, and no endorsement by Penn State Cooperative Extension is implied.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Dan Brocket at 814-437-7607 in advance of your participation or visit.



Anadarko: www.anadarko.comAnadarko Petroleum Corporation is currently offering exciting employment opportunities in several functional areas. We welcome your resume in response to our open positions


EnerVest is always on the lookout for skilled people who are focused on the oil and gas industry. They take great pride in our ability to sustain a pleasant and rewarding work environment. To submit your résumé for their consideration, please email resume to:


Cabot Oil and Gas:

Cabot Oil & Gas Corporation is an equal opportunity employer please click on the following link to upload a resume.


Chesapeake Energy:

Believe that their people are the key to their success. They take pride in recruiting the best talent available for every facet of our business. Their success is a direct result of the contributions and work ethic of the most talented work force in the industry. Click on the following link for career opportunities.

Chief Oil and Gas:
Chief is proud to work with local contractors and hire employees from the areas around their operations. The majority of workforce is hired locally. Chief is also committee to expanding the qualified workforce in the energy industry through partnerships with local colleges and training groups. They welcome you to contact them if you are interested in working for Chief. For questions regarding employment contact their Human Resources Department at

Consol Energy:
With almost 9,000 employees, CONSOL Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNX) is the leading diversified energy producer in the Appalachian basin. Named one of America’s most admired companies by Fortune magazine, CONSOL Energy produces both natural gas and high-BTU coal. Together, natural gas and coal fuel two-thirds of the nation’s power.

El Paso Gas Corporation:
Headquartered in Houston, El Paso Corporation provides natural gas and related energy products in a safe, efficient and dependable manner. Their two core businesses are Pipelines, and Exploration and Production. To apply for employment click on the following link; This company is constantly looking for talented and motivated new employees who can contribute to the success of their company. To take a look at their employment opportunities click on the following link:

HRI, Inc. :

HRI, Inc., a leading heavy civil contractor, is seeking HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATORS AND LABORERS for site work related to the gas industry. Minimum three years of experience.


Pennsylvania General Energy:

Pennsylvania General Energy is an active and growing company dedicated to contributing to the economy in Northwestern Pennsylvania by utilizing dedicated workers interested in a career in the Appalachian Basin. We hire qualified individuals to ensure our oil and natural gas exploration and production efforts are completed successfully and in an environmentally sensitive manner.

Phillips Resources Inc:
Phillips Resources, Inc. (Phillips) is an independent natural gas exploration and production company with approximately 250,000 net acres of land holdings. Phillips owns or operates more than 4,000 producing natural gas wells in Pennsylvania and is actively exploring drilling opportunities in both shallow conventional formations as well as the more prolific Marcellus Shale formation in Pennsylvania. To date, Phillips has operated or participated in the drilling of more than 50 Marcellus Shale wells (both vertical & horizontal).

Phillips has been operating in Western Pennsylvania for 35 years with the roots of the Company stemming back to 1896. We have the resources and relationships with landowners, suppliers, service providers and industry partners to allow us to move quickly and efficiently in our endeavors.

Range Resources:
Range has a highly motivated team that has developed many unconventional energy projects that will serve Range and its shareholders for many years to come. For career information click on the following link:

Rex Energy Corp:
Rex Energy Corporation is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, production, exploration and development of oil and gas, with properties concentrated in the Appalachian Region, Illinois Region and Rockies Region. We pursue a balanced growth strategy of exploiting our sizeable inventory of lower risk developmental drilling locations, pursuing our higher potential exploration drilling prospects and actively seeking to acquire complementary oil and natural gas properties. Our success is the result of the Company's seasoned and diversified management team comprised of expert personnel, using the latest technologies, and sound business practices.

Seneca Resources:
Provided is information from Seneca Resources website to contact Seneca Resources East Division: 300 Essjay Road - Suite 150 Centerpointe Corporate Park Williamsville, NY 14221Telephone:1-800-673-0351

Shell Oil:
Shell is a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology and one of America’s leading oil and natural gas producers, gasoline and natural gas marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. We operate in 50 states and employ more than 22,000 people delivering energy in technically innovative ways.

Superior Well Services:
Is a growing oilfield services company operating in many of the major oil and natural gas producing regions of the United States. We provide a wide range of wellsite solutions to oil and natural gas companies, primarily technical pumping services and down-hole surveying services.

We focus on offering technologically advanced equipment and services at competitive prices, which we believe allows us to successfully compete against both major oilfield services companies and smaller, independent service providers.

Talisman Energy, USA, Inc.:
Talisman Energy USA. is the largest natural gas producer in New York State and is currently developing the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania.

Universal Well Services, Inc.:
As a leader in a highly technical field, people are the most important resource Universal Well has to offer. We are committed to providing quality training and resources to our employees.

If you would like the opportunity to join our team, please send a resume and a cover letter to:
HR Manager - 13549 S. Mosiertown Rd. Meadville, PA 16335

Division of Universal Well Services :  Eastern Reservoir Services:

Weavertown Environmental Group:
Weavertown has successfully been in business for over 30 years.  We were founded and currently headquartered in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Weavertown also has terminals in Kentucky, Ohio, and Central Pennsylvania.

Business Prep for the Oil and Gas Industry
Certificate Program

Put your Business Ahead of the Competition!


March 21, 2012 – May 30, 2012
6 Wednesday sessions from 8-11AM

Cost: $250

Must register to attend - Limited to first 30 people
To register, please fill out the registration form linked above and return. If you have any questions, please call Lance Hummer at 814-677-4427 or Mary Cochran at 814-677-3152


Conference Room - Klapec Auto Body

180 Regina Drive, Cranberry, PA
Venango County

(Turn between McDonalds and Bob Evans towards WalMart)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012: Oil and Gas Industry 101 (Knowing the Culture and the structure of the Oil and Gas Industry). PowerPoint  PDF

Wednesday, April 4, 2012: HR (Human Resource) Issues      (Speaker from PGE) PowerPoint;  OSHA PowerPoint PDF

Wednesday, April 18, 2012:  Compliance Requirement: ISNetworld PDF, Insurance (Barr's Insurance) PDF

Wednesday, May 2, 2012: Media/Public Relations

Wednesday, May 16, 2012: MSA (Master Service Agreement)

Wednesday, May 30, 2012: Accounting and Legalese

Must register to attend - limited to first 30
To register, please call Lance Hummer at 814-677-4427 or
Cochran at 814-677-3152

Tips for Landowners Wanting to Lease Land

Disclaimer:  This document was prepared as a general guide. 
It should not be construed as providing legal and or financial advice. 
It is always advisable to seek the advice of experts.


In any land transaction, it is imperative to have an attorney who has experience in natural gas leasing to review your lease. 

Prior to meeting a landowner group or attorney specializing in natural gas, make a list of any items that you feel are important to you in a lease or any questions you may have about leasing and drilling.  This insures that all of your concerns are put on the table at the first meeting. Make sure all terms are addressed in writing in the lease.

There’s no such thing as a standard contract. 

Minerals and oil gas are separate in Pennsylvania.  Also leasing and selling rights are different.  Lease, don’t sell your rights.  A good lease should preserve the surface, ensuring that the land will be restored as well as possible to its natural state.

Remember it is never a good time to sign a
bad lease, but it is always a good time to sign a good lease. You can set your own time frame.  You don’t have to sign the lease immediately.  Take your time to review it.

Good contracts require water be tested from every water source on your property for both quality and quantity by a third party. 

There’s no reason you cannot talk to multiple companies and compare their offers.   You can also ask your neighbors who have signed leases to review their leases with you, if they are willing. Groups offer power in numbers allowing multiple company negotiations. 

Make sure all leases include mid-term and terminal reclamation, restoring property to its natural state. 

Limit gas companies to what they need, not want, therefore allowing additional income streams for further negotiation.   ie.  foreign pipelines - which refers to a pipeline that is not carrying gas from your property but across your property. 

Any extension of the primary term should be absolutely understood. 

Leases should contain language that has remedies for non-performance and non-payment from the drilling company. 

It is suggested that the landowner is notified in writing if the lease is assigned to another company. 

This can be life changing wealth and you should receive sound financial advice to serve your family’s long-term needs.

Get educated, research, and ask questions to become comfortable with the decision that can affect future generations!

Five Ways Community Businesses Can Get a Foot In The Door of The Marcellus Industry By: Joseph Barone, President

Get of Comfort Zone – The businesses that will see the greatest benefit are the ones that are most productive

Know your skills – Find the one “little thing you can do really well and stick with it.”

No Silver Bullet – Find ways to get your company’s name out there so people know who you are.

Networking – is essential; attend expos, be there first, don’t be shy, remember everyone is there to make contacts.

Follow-Up – Make no less than six follow-up calls when trying to connect with a Marcellus Company. Continually go back and talk with them.