Join us for the TGA Fall Board and Committee Meetings

board-meeting-imageThe TGA Fall Board and Committee Meeting is scheduled for October 20 and 21 in Corpus Christi.

Registration Form

The OMNI Bayfront Hotel


Wednesday, October 19
TGA Scholarship Committee Meets at 5:30
Hotel Common Area


Thursday, October 20
8:00 – Continental Breakfast
8:15 – Committee Meetings

11:00 Golf Registration and Lunch
Oso Beach Golf Club
11:00 Attendee Free Time
11:26 – Golf Tee Times Begin

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6:30 – Dinner at Landry’s

Friday, October 21
8:30 – Continental Breakfast
8:45 – Fall Board Meeting Begins

11:30 (at the latest) – Meeting adjourns

The Southwest Regional Gas Conference and Expo is next week



The Southwest Regional Gas Conference in Rockwall is next week.

Join the Texas Gas Association, Southern Gas Association and the American Public Gas Association for a great lineup of training sessions offered here in Texas.

There are still hotel rooms available in the Hyatt, although the Conference rooms rates are gone.

With something for everyone from DIMPOLOGY 101 to Women & Leadership, don’t miss out on this great, local opportunity to boost your skills and knowledge. Register today!


Follow this link to the SGA registration page to sign up today!

Texas Gas Association Members, use this code for registration: SWRGC_TGA_MBR

For complete information including schedules, follow this link

You don’t want to miss this training.

The RRC Pipeline Safety Conference was a great success





The RRC Pipeline Safety Conference held the week of August 23 was a rousing success!

There were over 300 attendees at the meeting listening to 21 speakers from the RRC, PHMSA and industry. the information was exceptional and everyone should have left with a better understanding of Pipeline Safety.

A chronological list of the speakers can be found here.

The Conference presentations can be found here:

The Texas Gas Association was honored and proud to coordinate the Conference

2016 Distribution Roundtable is next Wednesday

The 2016 Distribution Roundtable less than a week away!

If you’re going to register, today would be a great time to be sure you have all your credentials and materials when you arrive.

There are a few rooms available at the Embassy Suites, but the deadline for those is tomorrow! See below for reservation links.

Embassy Suites - San Marcos

Registration Materials:

Attendee Registration Form
Exhibitor Registration Form
Sponsorship Form


August 17 & 18th, 2016


Embassy Suites
San Marcos, Texas

Sign up for your room online at this link

or call the hotel at 512-392-6450, Use code TXG

Deadline for TGA room rate is August 9, 2016 or until the block sells out!


Wednesday, August 17

  • Commercial Driver’s License – Tom Hartman
  • PE Fusion/Cause of Failures – Mike Amador & Ford Femal
  • New Meter Reading Technology – Ford Femal
  • Addressing Gaseous Atmospheres – Jeff Henderson
  • Lone Worker Program – Doug Beck
  • Damage Prevention Update – RRC – Garrett Velardi
  • Texas Department of Motor Vehicles – Tammy Gomez

Thursday, August 18

  • Regulations – Brian Stiles
  • Distracted Driving – Jon Nixon
  • Line Locating – Advances in Line Locating – Ford Femal


Registered for the O & M Conference?

Embassy Suites - San Marcos

Have you registered for the 2016 Operations and Management Conference?

The meeting is at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos.

Dates are June 28 – July 1

A brief schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  • Exhibitors move in
  • Opening reception Tuesday Evening

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

  • Full day of presentations and breakouts
  • lunch with the commission
  • Scholarship presentations
  • Associates’ evening with Scholarship live and silent auctions, a dance band and dinner

Thursday, June 30, 2016

  • Full day of presentations and breakouts
  • lunch
  • safety award presentations
  • closing reception

Friday, July 1

  • Committee meetings, planning for FY 2016 – 2017

For more information follow this link:

For registration forms follow this link:

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.

Scott and Jason 2  Making Kolaches 4 Kolaches in the oven Gumbo Pot

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.