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.


Safety Roundtable – You should be here!

The 2015 Safety Roundtable is underway in Plano Texas at Atmos Energy’s Charles K. Vaughan Center in Plano, Texas.

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The attendance for the roundtable is great and the presentations today are excellent.

Today’s presentations include:

  1. Damage Prevention – Jeff Henderson, West Texas Gas; Melissa Brannan, Texas 811
  2. Distracted Driving – Brad Robertson, Midland Police Department

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  1. Confined-Space  Bobby Isaacs, Atmos Energy; Glynda Cox, Texas Gas Service
  2. Respiratory Protection – Bobby Isaacs, Atmos Energy
  3. Tour of the training area of the Charles K Vaughan Center.

The Roundtable was coordinated by the Safety Committee; Jeff Henderson, Bobby Isaacs, Glynda Cox, Peter Warrick, Mike Cavazos, Brandon Utterback and Melissa Brannan. The excellent quality and content are a direct result of the hard work of these folks.

The Safety Roundtable will be in the planning stage for upcoming years. Your input is invaluable to ensure the quality of the future roundtables.

It is also an excellent time to think about joining the Safety Committee. Meeting with the Committee, planning the presentations for the Summer meeting and exchanging ideas about best practices in the Safety community. There will be a Committee Meeting on April 23, at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston. See the links at the top of the page for registration forms and additional information about the Committee meeting.


Links to today’s presentations:

Damage Prevention

Distracted Driving

Confined Space Rescue

Respiratory Protection

Today is the first day of Spring

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Today is the first day of spring, and a welcome time for most folks in the state.

While Houston and the coastal bend has had relatively good weather (except for a great deal of rain and drizzle and what seemed like continuous overcast), the rest of Texas, like a lot of the U.S. has had an inordinate amount of ice and snow.

While that’s great for natural gas sales, it sure makes it hard to be in the field and to drive to and from work.

I think most of us are happy to be able to go outdoors and see the new blooms of spring.

Take time to take a drive in the country and see the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes as they begin to bloom.

Enjoy spring, Summer is right around the corner!