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Weekly News 4.9.12

Posted By John Dorka, Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Weekly News 4.9.12

  • AEP Rate Issue – PUCO Schedule. The PUCO has announced a schedule to address the AEP Rate Proposal, starting with a technical conference on April 9 to help customers understand the rate application, and running through July 3 when oral arguments will take place in front of PUCO. Again, OFA in partnership with other trade associations in the "Construction Materials Energy Coalition” is filing a motion to intervene and will participate in the proceedings.
  • Governor’s Office Asks OFA to Support Drilling Tax Issue. You have probably heard that Governor Kasich has proposed increasing the severance tax on oil and gas drilling in Ohio, with the tax proceeds being used to offset and reduce income taxes for Ohio businesses and individuals. The Governor’s Office reached out to OFA last week and asked if we would support the proposal. Staff offered to discuss the idea with several of our members. (See Income Tax Cut, for explanation of the proposal). I forwarded the request to the OFA Board and 5 members agreed to listen to the proposal. We will meet this week with the governor’s Director of Communications, Scott Milburn and several other representatives. Following that, we will apprise the rest of the Board on what was provided.
  • Joint Spring Meeting for OVLDA and ADKC Meet in Marietta. On April 19 and 20, the Ohio Valley Lumber Drying Association and the Allegheny Dry Kiln Club will hold a joint spring meeting at the Comfort Inn in Marietta. As part of the event, there will be tours of Haessly Hardwood Lumber Co. and Superior Hardwoods of Ohio, Inc., Barlow Division on the afternoon of April 19. Details for registration and room reservations can be found in this brochure.
  • Hemlock Wooly Adelgid in Meigs County. The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) has informed OFA that Hemlock Wooly Adelgid was found in Meigs County and is in the process of surveying for it in surrounding counties. ODA is weighing actions on a possible quarantine of hemlock nursery stock and forest products in the affected areas.
  • WERC Workshops. Here are two announcements for Wood Manufacturer Workshops with the Wood Education and Resource Center in Princeton, West Virginia. The first is titled New Technologies for Value Added Wood Products Manufacturers-Cabinets, Furniture, Millwork, and is scheduled for June 7. The session is for business owners and managers for both existing and startup businesses. The second session will be the following week on June 14 and is titled Small Sawmill Business Strategies and Hands on Demonstrations. It is intended for small sawmill and dry kiln operations powered by gas and diesel engines and single phase electric power. For more information on the workshops check this website with North Carolina State University.
  • Article on Forest Landowners and Shale Gas Drilling/Other Drilling News. Ron Ott shared an article he received through Penn State University Cooperative Extension dealing with shale drilling and advice for forest landowners. With our recent meeting on shale drilling impacts, the timing of the article is very good. The article covers a number of issues that a forest landowner should be aware of when considering a lease for the gas rights. Thanks to Ron for sharing the article. And in another piece of drilling news, ODNR reported last week that early results on drilling production have been impressive. For example, one well in Harrison County, the Buell well, produced nearly 13,500 barrels of oil and more than 1.5 billion cubic feet of gas during 198 days of action. That accounted for 2% of natural gas produced in Ohio. The reported oil volumes are lower than estimated but higher than conventional wells.
  • Baseball is Back – ESPN Opening Segment on the Reincarnation of the Bat. Here is a very nice video on the making of a wood bat produced by ESPN for the opening day of baseball. It starts with a tree growing in Pennsylvania and goes through the complete production process by Louisville Slugger. As a great fan of baseball (especially my Cleveland Indians!), I really enjoy the connection between baseball and wood products. The video was sent by Paul Lyskava, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association and presenter at the OFA Annual Meeting.

Ohio Forestry Association is managed by Offinger Management Company, a member of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), "Charter-Accredited" Association Management Company member of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and a member of the Association Management Company Institute (AMC Institute).

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