The Embassy Suites is sold out!

Embassy Suites - San MarcosThe Embassy Suites is sold out!

Not only is the TGA block sold out, so is the entire hotel.

We have a block of hotel rooms at the
Country Inn & Suites for $139/night –
Ask for the TGA rate!
1560 I H 35 South,
San Marcos, TX 78666
800-456-4000 or
512-392-8111The Country Inn provides breakfast daily.

Hotels in San Marcos:
Hampton Inn & Suites
106 N Interstate 35,
San Marcos, TX 78666
Wingate by Wyndham

108 IH-35 North,
San Marcos, TX 78666

Courtyard San Marcos
625 Commercial Loop,
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 359-7550
Country Inn & Suites by Carlson
(Overflow hotel for the Meeting)
TGA rate of $139/night ++ (ask for the TGA rate)
1560 I H 35 South,
San Marcos, TX 78666
800-456-4000 or
Fairfield Inn & Suites Austin San Marcos
1250 North IH-35,
San Marcos, TX 78666
Candlewood Suites
5600 Wonder World Dr,
San Marcos, TX 78666
917 I-H 35 North,
San Marcos, TX 7866
Holiday Inn San Marcos
105 Bintu Drive,
San Marcos, TX
Comfort Inn San Marcos
1000 Clovis Barker Drive,
San Marcos, TX 78666
Quality Inn – San Marcos
1611 N Interstate 35,
San Marcos, TX 78666
Comfort Suites
104 IH 35 North,
San Marcos, TX 78666

2016 Safety Award applications due

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The Natural Gas Industry is a very safe industry.

Every day we go to work, perform our jobs in a safe manner and return home at the end of the day.

As safe as we are, we do not recognize our companies and employees as much as we should.

The TGA offers awards for safety achievements and these are available for any of our members.

links to these are below.

You are encouraged to look at these applications and see which you are eligible for and return the applications to the Association by May 9.

Safety Award Applications:

2016 Safety Achievement Award

2016 Motor Vehicle Safety Award

2016 Meritorious Service Award

2016 Safety Award for Municipals

The 2016 Spring Scholarship Outing is this week!

scholarship logo(The TGA Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) corporation)

The Spring Scholarship Golf outing is this week.

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The TGA’s 12th Annual South Texas Scholarship Golf Outing fund raiser is Thursday of this week.  We hope you can join us for a great outing and a great benefit!

It’s not too late to join us!

Once again the Scholarship Program will be providing 10 more scholarships to the children of our TGA Member companies.  Eight (8) for the Academic Scholarships and two (2) for the Technical Scholarship.
Balon and Scott McCracken has once again offered to 
sponsor lunch.

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Thank you for all your support!!!

Be sure to stop by and thank Balon and let them know how much you enjoyed and appreciate their cooking for the occasion.

Call the TGA office t 281-497-8427 for more information.

Spring Board Meeting – Time to get your hotel and register with the TGA!

It’s time to register for the Spring Board and Committee Meetings
This year, we are having the meeting in Kerrville at the Y.O. Hotel, with an excursion to the legendary Y.O. Ranch at Mountain Home.
This is a new location for us and offers a great location for the meetings with ancillary activities galore!

Attendee Registration Form - Red - 160

Board Meeting PHoto

Scholarship Board & Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

TGA Committee Meetings – Thursday, April 21, 2016  

Committee Meetings  

Y.O. Ranch Excursion – Thursday, April 21, 2016

Texas Gas Association
Spring Board and Committee Meeting Hotel

Join us at the Y.O. Ranch Hotel in Kerrville for our TGA quarterly meetings. We are stepping outside the box to a location that is fit for meeting and can be relaxing to enjoy the beauty of our Texas Hill Country

We still have a few rooms left, however they may not make it to the hotel block cut off date.  So you should grab yours while you can and register with the TGA for the meeting.


Y.O. Ranch Hotel and Conference Center 

2033 Sidney Baker St,
Kerrville, TX 78028
Phone:(877) 967-3767

March 18 marks 79th anniversary of New London School Explosion

New London collageToday is the 78th anniversary of the New London School explosion, caused by a leak of unodorized pipeline residue gas from an oil pipeline.

The explosion occurred on this date between 3:05 and 3:20 pm, presumable initiated by an electric hand sander’s spark.

The New London School explosion occurred on March 18, 1937, when a natural gas leak caused an explosion, destroying the London School of New London, Texas,[1] a community in Rusk County previously known as “London”. The disaster killed more than 295 students and teachers, making it the deadliest school disaster in American history. As of 2014, the event is the third deadliest disaster in the history of Texas, after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, and the 1947 Texas City Disaster.

Immediately following the disaster, the Texas Legislature met in emergency session and mandated the use of mercaptans so the natural gas could be detected by odor.

Shortly after the disaster, the Texas Legislature met in emergency session and enacted the Engineering Registration Act (now rewritten as the Texas Engineering Practice Act). Public pressure was on the government to regulate the practice of engineering due to the faulty installation of the natural gas connection; Carolyn Jones, a nine year old survivor, spoke to the Texas Legislature about the importance of safety in schools. The use of the title “engineer” in Texas remains legally restricted to those who have been professionally certified by the state to practice engineering.

For a complete discussion of the disaster, follow this link to a Wikipedia article on the explosion.

Leadership For Life Seminar Planned – Put it on your calendar!

Leadership For Life FlyerThe Employee Development Committee has coordinated and planned a great seminar on Leadership For Life.

April 13, 2016
CPS Energy EMC Training Facility
4513 Bryant Lane
San Antonio 78219

In this course you will get to know yourself and others. We will focus on your individual Extended DISC profile to identify your behavioral tendencies, help you learn about your emotional drivers, provide you with insight into recognizing others behavioral styles. With this valuable insight, you will also learn best practices for adapting your style to value diversity and build trust.

If you would like to register use this link to download the Registration form.

Attendee Registration Form - Red - 160

Corrosion Class in Del Rio next week

Corrosion Group





Ryan Simmons of TexStar Products, a TGA member will be presenting Corrosion Basics in Del Rio.

The corrosion class will be given on March 22, 2016.

It’s not too late to register for the class, use this link to download a registration form.

As the line from the song says, “Rust never sleeps”

Join us in Del Rio to learn about preventing, treating and curing corrosion on your system?

2016 Safety Roundtable Coming!

The 2016 Safety Roundtable is just around the corner!

Again this year, the Roundtable will be held at Atmos energy’s Charles K. Vaughan Training Center

3697 Mapleshade Lane
Plano, TX 75075

March 17-18, 2016

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Download Registration Form here

The Safety Committee has put together a great program, including the following topics:

  • Static Electricity with PE Pipe
  • Electrofusion
  • Upcoming Regulatory Updates
  • OQ – Contractor Safety
  • Cross-Bore Safety
  • Tour of the Vaughan Center
  • Driving Safety
  • Heavy Equipment Safety
  • Generational Differences