PCPG responds to irresponsible call for hydraulic fracturing moratorium

Posted 28 November:  PCPG's official response statement to the PA Medical Society's recent call for a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in Pennsylvania is available for download.  The society’s 300-member House of Delegates unanimously approved a resolution at its annual meeting in October calling for the fracking moratorium, registry and research.

As stated previously in PCPG's 2014 Shale Gas Statement, oil and gas exploration and production, utilizing hydraulic fracturing, can and is done in an environmentally responsible manner and provides a great benefit to the Commonwealth.

We encourage PCPG members to download the response statement, write personal notes to your local state house and state senate members, and provide a copy of PCPG's official response. 

Visit the Commonwealth's Find my Legislator tool and enter your zip code to identify your state legislators for your home, and business.

Nominations being accepted for PCPG Board of Directors Election

Deadline to submit completed candidate interest form is December 1

Each November PCPG solicits potential Board of Director candidates for our annual online election in December.  This year five (5) Director positions are open with a term that runs January 2017 through December 2019.

To be considered for the ballot you must be a PCPG member in good standing with an Individual/Academic, Government, or Corporate membership, and complete and return a Board Candidate Interest Form by 5:00 PM on December 1.

Board member duties include: committee leadership, championing the development of training courses, participating in outreach to colleges and universities, contributing newsworthy summaries to the bi-weekly email blast and helping to shape PCPG’s efforts to support the needs of geologists and environmental professionals.

The time commitment varies depending on your level of involvement.  Board members meet quarterly for a half-day meeting followed by an educational opportunity and between meetings via monthly one-hour conference calls.

If you are interested in using your experience and network to further the profession for you and your employer as well as shaping future generations of geologists and environmental professionals, download and complete the PCPG Board Candidate Interest Form, and return along with a digital photo by December 1.

If you have any questions, please phone or email any member of PCPG’s leadership or Board.

Legislative Update

Posted 2 September: PCPG's Government Affairs Committee (GAC), chaired by Mark Ioos, P.G. (Skelly & Loy), tracks over 35 legislative bills currently moving through the Pennsylvania General Assembly, in addition to tracking movement on numerous regulations affecting the industry.  PCPG members can download the comprehensive September 2 GAC inventory report by first logging in, then visiting Member's Only content.

Courses & Events

February 02, 2017 7:30 AM • Pittsburgh Marriott North, 100 Cranberry Woods Drive, Cranberry Township, PA
March 07, 2017 11:30 AM • Red Lion Hotel Harrisburg East, 4751 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, PA
September 30, 2017 • See order form

Licensure in New York State – Application Period Now Open

Posted 2 September: On July 25th the New York State (NYS) Education Department posted an advisory notice that the planned regulations and application forms for Licensure of Geologists in New York state are now available online via the website for the Office of the Professions. Applications will be accepted immediately and licenses will be issued to those applicants meeting the qualifications for licensure through the grandparent provision starting November 21, 2016. The “grandfathering” period extends until November 20, 2017, after which the ASBOG exam will be required for all applicants.  License Requirements can be viewed HERE.

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