From the press announcement:
WEXFORD, PA – The Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association (POGAM) and the Independent Oil and Gas Association of Pennsylvania (IOGA) today announced they have unanimously voted to merge their organizations to create a single, comprehensive trade association representing oil and natural gas interests throughout Pennsylvania. The new organization, named the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA), will represent approximately 700 members, including oil and natural gas producers, drilling contractors and service companies, as well as various professional firms, individuals and royalty owners.
“The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association will draw upon the combined expertise of our independent associations to better serve the needs of our member organizations, which represent the leading oil and natural gas producers working in the Commonwealth,” said PIOGA President and Executive Director Lou D’Amico. “By joining forces as one, unified voice, we will expand our mission to achieve even greater success for our members, including our role as liaison with other associations, companies, government and regulatory agencies to foster proactive communication, regulatory and policy development, work force and safety training, and continued education and growth within all segments of the industry.”
PIOGA will be based in Wexford, Pa. and will employ a five-person staff, responsible for planning and implementing the association’s mission. In addition, PIOGA’s merged 29-member board will provide oversight, as well as govern the strategic planning and direction of key deliverables, while various committees oversee transportation, safety, environmental, and exploration and production initiatives. PIOGA will host an annual meeting, a large-scale conference and trade show, as well as yearly industry seminars, public educational meetings, and community events.
“This merger is an important milestone in leveraging the industry’s common goal to operate under a unified framework that advances the responsible exploration and production of both the Marcellus Shale and other oil and gas producing formations throughout the Appalachian Basin,” said current POGAM Chairman Frederick Fesenmyer. “The entire industry is experiencing unprecedented growth, and the importance of a united, cohesive industry and community advocate cannot be overstated. PIOGA will equally represent all facets of Pennsylvania’s oil and natural gas industry.”
“We look forward to working closely with other states’ associations to collaborate on key initiatives that advance the industry and ensure the responsible development of our region’s promising domestic energy resources,” said current IOGA Chairman Craig Neal.
The PIOGA board of directors will meet on April 1 to determine the structure and officers of the new association.
*Pennsylvania Oil and Gas Association (Mar 30) – Members give unanimous approval to merge PA’s historic, independent oil and gas advocacy groups