PIOGA trade show Aug. 27-28

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WEXFORD – The region’s oil and gas industry will get an incisive look at what’s on the horizon in terms of market opportunities, technical developments and regulatory initiatives during presentations at the 2013 Eastern Oil & Gas Conference and Trade Show, Aug. 27-28, at the Monroeville Convention Center.


The theme of this year’s program is “The Keystone to America’s Energy Future – on the Horizon.”


Organized by the Pennsylvania Independent Oil & Gas Association, it is the longest-running event of its type in the eastern U.S. The show will attract 250 exhibitors and take place in conjunction with a day-and-a-half conference with presentations aimed at those working in the region’s shale plays as well as conventional oil and gas producers.


“While shale development – Marcellus, Utica and now Devonian – is a prime focus of our event, we don’t forget the conventional producers who have been the backbone of our industry for more than a century and a half,” said Lou D’Amico, PIOGA president and executive director.


Scheduled presentations include:


• The increasing role of natural gas in electrical generation


• Panel discussion featuring natural gas utility executives from Peoples Natural Gas, Philadelphia Gas Works and Natural Fuel Gas Distribution Co.


• Appalachian shale gas development – past, present and future


• Expansion into liquid-rich plays and the impact on economics and design


• Update on federal government issues


• Directional drilling to enhance gas production in Upper Devonian sandstones


• Secondary and tertiary oil recovery opportunities in the Appalachian Basin


• Updates on proposed Pa. Chapter 78 oil and gas regulations and mechanical integrity assessment


Anyone not interested in participating in the conference can still visit the show for an admission fee at the door. No registration is necessary.


Exhibits are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 27 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 28.


For information on exhibitor opportunities or a list of participating companies, complete agenda, online registration, lodging and directions, access www.pioga.org.


Paragon buys 1st CNG truck

PITTSBURGH – Paragon Foods, southwestern Pennsylvania’s largest independently owned fresh foods distributor, has rolled out its first food truck powered by compressed natural gas. The tractor-trailer will be used to deliver locally sourced produce, vegetables, meats and cheese to Paragon Foods customers across the region.


“The future of vehicles driven by natural gas appears to finally be reaching a tipping point across the country and even here in the Pittsburgh area,” said Paragon Chief Executive Elaine Bellin. “As a local, family-owned company that has been here for 50 years, we saw a new opportunity to contribute to the environment in a positive way while also making a sound business investment.”


Paragon joins a growing nationwide trend of CNG vehicle use. In the past year companies, including General Electric, UPS, FedEx, AT&T, PepsiCo and Waste Management Inc., announced plans to begin or expand conversions of their fleets to natural gas. Allegheny County also recently unveiled its first two CNG vehicles.


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