2015 Distribution Roundtable is coming up!


The 2015 Distribution Roundtable is coming up before you know it!

The Roundtable will be held in San Marcos this year, on August 12 & 13, 2015.

The deadline for the TGA Suite of rooms at the Embassy Suites is July 22, but the block may sell out before that date
Make your reservations now, before you forget.

Call Embassy Suites:
(800) 362-2779 or
(512) 392- 6450

Ask for TGA Rate of $125.00

Want to reserve your room at the Embassy Suites online? Follow this link

Map to the Embassy Suites

Do it today!!

The agenda is being finalized, and includes the following topics:

  • New Leak Survey Technology – The Picarro System
  • Work zone safety and Permits – TxDOT
  • Documenting non-locatable gas lines
  • Public Awareness and Inspections – RRC of Texas
  • “What to do when OSHA shows up on your job site.”
  • Atmospheric Corrosion Challenges
  • Commercial Driver’s License – Training issues.
  • Cross Bore Solutions (Panel)

This year’s roundtable will start at noon on August 12 and end at noon on August 13.


2015 RRC/PHMSA Training Seminar is coming soon!

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The 2015 RRC/PHMSA Training Seminar is scheduled and is just around the corner.

You can make your reservation at the Embassy Suites Riverwalk in San Antonio now, just follow this link!

You can also register at this time. Use the two links below as you need:

The working agenda for the Training Seminar:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
(Natural Gas Only)

Welcome and Introduction of RRC Personnel
192 and Advisory Updates
Navigating the Code
Back to Basics
(Personal Protection Devices)
(Drug and Alcohol Requirements)
O & M Requirements (plus all written procedures)
Class Location Surveys
DIMP lessons learned
Odorization Issues
TIMP requirements and lessons learned
Plastic Pipe Update
Control Room Management

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
(Natural Gas and Liquid Common Issues)

Pipeline Safety Act Re-authorization
Damage Prevention Update
One Call Panel
Damage Investigation and Investigative Photography
Emergency Plans
T-4 Permitting
Public Awareness Update
San Bruno and Beyond

Thursday, September 17, 2015
(Liquids only)

195 and Advisory Bulletin updates
Navigating the Code
House Bill 2982 Update (Gathering lines)
TIMP for Liquids including lessons learned
Session ends at noon

Discounted Rate for O & M Conference Registration ends May 4!

The “Early Bird” discounted registration time for the 2015 Operations and Management Conference in Galveston has ended.

If you are planning on attending the 2015 Operations and Management Conference, now is the time to register. Beginning May 5, the registration fee will become $345 for members attendees, exhibitors will become $680 and $445 for non-member attendees.

This is going to be a great meeting with an excellent lineup of speakers and presenters and it also is a great opportunity for a mini vacation with your family.

Register today!
Use these links to download registration forms and information:

Link to attendee registration form
Link to exhibitor registration form

Golf Hole sponsorship form
Link to Event sponsorship form
Link to convention Hawaiian shirt order form
Exhibitor Guidelines
Convention tote bag advertising form

Reminder – Valve Maintenance Class in Pearsall – May 13, 2015

Pearsall, Texas
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Registration Form (follow this link)

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Learn Basic lubrication techniques for pressurized and non-pressurized valves under pressure, fittings, tools and adapters necessary to conduct proper valve maintenance, loading, using and maintaining valve lubrication equipment, reading and interpreting the pressure gauge, your communication link to the valve, and types and amounts of lube sealants and valve cleaners required for various valves and conditions (applications).

This presentation will provide the student with the knowledge necessary to conduct valve maintenance procedures as required by Federal Regulations.

Instructor: Chad Niesner of DUALCO, Inc.

Where: Pearsall Library, 200 East Trinity, Pearsall, Texas 78061

Map to the Pearsall Library

Directions: Coming from San Antonio, take Business 35 to Pearsall. Go right on trinity, the library
will be on your left. Go to the rear of the building and enter from the back.

Pearsall Lodging (follow this link):


Fee:     TGA Members -$35 per person.             Non-members – $75 per person.                 Lunch included

The Spring Board and Committee Meeting is this week!


The Spring Board and Committee Meetings are this week at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas. 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, TX 77554 Map

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The Scholarship Committee and Board meets on Wednesday, April 22 at 5:00 PM in the restaurant area of the Hotel

The Committees meet on Thursday Morning at 8:30 AM (Coffee and Pastries at 8:00 AM) In Salon D of the Hotel.

Golf at Moody Gardens Golf Club Thursday Afternoon – 1700 Sydnor Ln, Galveston, TX 77554 Map

Reception and Dinner at Landry’s Restaurant on the Seawall at 7:00 PM – Map

The Board Meeting will be Friday Morning at 8:30 AM (Coffee and Pastries at 8:00 AM) in Salons A, B, C & D.

If you are planning on Dinner, you must Fill out this form, and email to the TGA by Tuesday!

See you in Galveston!

Line Locate and Leak Detection Class – Brenham

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The Line locate and leak detection class in Brenham went off like clockwork, thanks to Ande Bostain of the City of Brenham; Ford Femal and Devon Harbord, EGW Utilities and Roy Montemarano of Heath Consultants.

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The classroom presentations were well received by the 29 attendees which included the following cities and companies:

  • The City of Brenham
  • City of Hempstead
  • The City of Navasota
  • Halcone Field Services
  • Onalaska Water and Gas
  • Si Energy, and
  • Southcross Energy

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The training continued outside the classroom with hands-on training in the field.

Follow this link for the Heath Presentation


Thanks again to the City of Brenham and Ande Bostain for coordinating the class activities, lunch and handouts!


EIA Natural Gas Monthly summary

Natural Gas Monthly (Folllow this link to go to the EIA website for complete information)

The March Natural Gas Monthly, with data through January 2015, has been released.

• Preliminary dry gas production for January 2015 was 2,287 billion cubic feet (Bcf), or 73.8 Bcf/day, down from last month’s record high of 74.8 Bcf/day. January’s production was a 6 Bcf/day increase from 67.8 Bcf/day in January 2014, an 8.8% rise from year to year.

• Preliminary total consumption for January 2015 was 3,130 Bcf, or 101 Bcf/day, a decrease of 3% from 3,227 Bcf in January 2014, or 104.1 Bcf/day.

• Total consumption for January 2015 decreased in most sectors year to year: Deliveries to residential consumers for January 2015 were 930 Bcf, or 30 Bcf/day, a 10% drop from 33.3 Bcf/day in January 2014; commercial deliveries were 526 Bcf, or 17 Bcf/day, an 8% decrease from 18.5 Bcf/day in January 2014; and industrial deliveries were 715 Bcf, or 23.1 Bcf/day, down 1% from 23.3 Bcf/day in January 2014. Electric power deliveries showed an increase from last January: January 2015 deliveries were 713 Bcf, or 23 Bcf/day, a 7.5% rise from January 2014’s 21.4 Bcf/day.

Day Two of the Safety R/T continues to be excellent!

Since yesterday, the 2015 Safety Roundtable continues to be a great source of information and ideas in the safety arena.

Since yesterday’s post we covered these topics

 Wednesday afternoon:

Confined Space Rescue Pano

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Thursday Morning:

DOT Truck Inspections – Trooper Anthony Davis and Trooper Matthew Kasenic, Texas Department of Public Safety:

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Work Zone Safety (link to presentation) – Sammy Salazar, TxDOT

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Blood – Borne Pathogens(link to presentation), Bobby Isaacs, Atmos Energy

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Silica Dust Regulations – Jon Nixon, CenterPoint Energy

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Again a reminder that now is a great time to become active with the TGA and specifically with the Safety Committee. At the Operations and Management Meeting in June, there will be a meeting of the Safety Committee at Moody Gardens, Galveston, Texas. Join us in Galveston, join the committee and become active, bring your ideas and knowledge and help the Safety Committee continue its mission to be a great source of vision and guidance to the safety professionals of the natural gas industry.