The Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association (PIOGA) recently held its annual spring meeting at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh. There was a sense of “togetherness” at the event, reinforced by the proudly displayed “We Are All In” banners. Roughly 275 people were in attendance from midstream and upstream companies, engineering firms, universities, government agencies, legal and ancillary service companies that support the shale industry.

The “All In” meeting kicked off the event by launching this year’s theme, “a new year brings new opportunities for growth in our industry. It’s time to go all in!”

Gary Slagel, government affairs specialist at Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, and PIOGA board chairman, welcomed attendees by reiterating and reinforcing the “new opportunities for growth in the oil and gas industry” theme.

He told Hart Energy at the meeting he foresees creating a positive relationship with communities who are concerned about how regulatory changes will affect expansion and infrastructure of the industry via pipelines and drilling in the Northeast region.

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