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!

PHMSA publishes amendments to the pipeline safety rules

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PHMSA has amended the pipeline safety regulations with various changes

SUMMARY: PHMSA is amending the pipeline safety regulations to make miscellaneous changes that update and clarify certain regulatory requirements. These amendments address several subject matter areas including the performance of post-construction inspections, leak surveys of Type B onshore gas gathering lines, qualifying plastic pipe joiners, regulation of ethanol, transportation of pipe, filing of offshore pipeline condition reports, and calculation of pressure reductions for hazardous liquid pipeline anomalies. The changes are addressed on an individual basis and, where appropriate, made applicable to the safety standards [[Page 12763]] for both gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. Editorial changes are also included. DATES: The effective date of these amendments is October 1, 2015. Immediate compliance with these amendments is authorized. The incorporation by reference of certain publications listed in the rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 6, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kay McIver, Transportation Specialist, by telephone at 202-366-0113, or by electronic mail at

To download a Word version of the information, use this link;

for a PDF version, use this link.

Thanks to Matt Stratmann for forwarding this information to the Association!

Reminder – The Safety Roundtable is next week!

Atmos Training Center - Vaughan 2011 (1)

March 25 & 26, 2015

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The Safety Roundtable is 5 days ago

Charles Vaughan Training Facility
3737 Mapleshade Ln,
Plano, TX 75075

Map to Vaughan Center

Hotels near the Vaughan Center

Safety Roundtable Registration form

Safety Roundtable Sponsorship Form

Agenda (Subject to Change)
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

8:30 – 9:00 am          Beverages
9:00 – 9:30 am          Opening Remarks
9:30 -10:25 am         Damage Prevention/Safe Excavation
10:25 – 10:35 am      Beverage Break
10:35 – 11:30 am      Distracted Driving
11:30 – 1:00 pm        Lunch with vendor presentation/product showcase
1:00 – 2:30 pm          Confined Space Rescue
2:30 – 2:45 pm          Refreshment Break
2:45 – 3:45 pm          Respiratory Protection
3:45 – 4:30 pm          Tour of Facility
6:00 pm                    Top Golf Facilities, 1500 Andrews Pkwy., Allen, TX 75002

Thursday, March 26, 2015

8:00 – 8:30 am          Beverages
8:30 – 10:00 am        DOT Inspection
10:00 – 10:15 am      Beverage Break
10:15 – 11:30 am      Work Zone Safety
11:30 – 1:00 pm        Lunch with vendor presentation/product showcase
1:00 – 3:00 pm          CDC – Blood Borne Pathogens
3:00 – 3:15 pm          Refreshment Break
3:15 – 4:15 pm          Silica Dust
4:15 – 4:30 pm          Recap/End of Day
4:30                          Committee Meeting

                                  Dinner on your own

Friday, March 27,2015

Best Practices RRC Audit Preparations Class

Leak Detection & Line Location Best Practices Class

8:00 – 8:15 am Beverages
8:15 – 12:00 pm Classes
10:00 – 10:10 am Beverage Break


2015 Spring Board Meeting – April 22 – 24

The Spring Board and Committee Meetings are planned and awaiting your registration.

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We have just about made it through a very strange winter in Texas. We are going to take advantage of warm weather and meet in Galveston for the Spring Board and Committee Meetings.This meeting will take place at the Moody Gardens Hotel, an opportunity you don’t want to miss. The location is great and there will be some fantastic opportunities to enjoy the amenities of Moody Gardens.As always, the rooms are limited (see reservation information below). We do hope you will be joining us for the Spring Board of Directors meeting and the quarterly committee meetings.  The committees are gearing up and making plans for the events in 2015 and we need your help completing these details.

Hotel Reservation Information!
Rooms are limited – RESERVE YOUR ROOM TODAY!!!
Moody Gardens Hotel
Located at Seven Hope Boulevard 
Galveston, TX 77554
To reserve your hotel room at Moody Gardens -1.888.388.8484
Identify yourself with the TX GAS ASSN to receive the special TGA rate of $149.00 for a single/double/triple or quad room.

Self parking is free, Valet parking is $18/day

Reserve your room early to insure you get a room at the TGA room rate
Hotel cut off date: Monday, April 1, 2015 at 5:00 pm,
or until rooms are gone, depending on what comes first.

Thursday Evening Reception & Dinner
Hosted At

Landry’s Seafood
5310 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551

TGA Golf Tournament
The beautiful Moody Gardens Golf Club in Galveston awaits your arrival.
  We do hope you will be joining us!
Moody Gardens Golf Club1700 Sydnor Lane,  Galveston, TX 77554
Thursday, April 23, 2015
12:00 pm Consecutive Tee Times

Please make your golf reservation with the TGA office no later than
Thursday, April 14, 2015

  1. Each player’s tee shot must be used at least once per nine holes
  2. The team captain selects the best shot. Each player plays from within one club length of the ball. A team ball that has been hit into sand or rough must be played from the sand or rough.
  3. This procedure is continued for each shot until the team is on the green.
  4. Each player putts from within six inches of the selected shot.
  5. If your team does not make par, please mark a bogey and move on to the next hole. Do not take any shot over par.

Prizes:   First-, second-, and third-place prizes (provided we have enough teams for a 3rd. place) will be awarded as well as “longest drive” and “closest to the pin.”

Golf Tournament 1, 2, & 3 placement prizes will be determined by a drawing.

Lunch will be Sponsored by: Balon and served up by our very own Scott McCracken

Join us at:
Moody Gardens Hotel
Seven Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554

Scholarship meeting is set for Wednesday Night, April 22, 2014.
Meeting dates are set for Thursday & Friday, April 23 & 24, 2015.

We would be excited to see you there.
Best Regards,

Darrell Cherry
Texas Gas Association


South Texas Golf Fundraiser for the TGA Scholarship is coming up soon!

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Date: Monday, March 30, 2015

Wilderness Golf Course
501 Texas 332 W.
Lake Jackson, Texas 77566
10:00 AM Shotgun Start

Each year our supporters keep coming back to enjoy a fun tournament that generates funds to support the TGA Scholarship program. This year our program will be providing 10 scholarships to the children of our TGA Member companies. Eight (8) for the Academic Scholarships and two (2) for the Technical Scholarship.

This scholarship program has been able to award over over 80 scholarships and over $160,000 to well deserving children and it was all made possible because of you, our supporters and programs like this one.

This spring golf outing will be in Lake Jackson at the Wilderness Golf Course and lunch will be sponsored by our very own Scott McCracken of Balon Valves.

Scott McCracken with Balon has now been our breakfast and lunch sponsor for many years. So please be sure to stop by and let him know how much you enjoyed and appreciate him cooking for the occasion.
All Team player names are needed for registration. Scores will be tallied for ranking and prizes will be awarded by a drawing.
Please use the links below to retrieve the forms and additional information on the tournament:

Golf Registration Form
Event Sponsorship Form
Hole Sponsor Form
Volunteer Signup Form
Door Prize Donation Forms

Map to the Wilderness Golf Club

See you at the Wilderness Golf Club on Monday, March 30

Happy Birthday, Texas!

Happy 179th Birthday, Texas

Dear Darrell,

On March 2, 1836 at Washington-on-Brazos the Convention of 1836
unanimously adopted, on the first reading (and only reading), the Texas Declaration of Independence. The Declaration was signed by the
delegates on March 3, 1836.

Texas Gas Association

For those of us fortunate to live in the great state of Texas, we have those delegates to thank.if you have an interest in a very brief timeline of the Texas Revolution: follow this link. 

It will carry you from the first skirmishes to statehood.
Take time to enjoy Texas’ birthday!

Put the Safety Roundtable on your calendar!

The 2015 Safety Roundtable is coming up quicker than you think.

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  • Confined space training
  • Fire Pit - control
  • pipe repair - confined space (2)
  • Right of Way Cones (2)
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The date for the Roundtable is March 25 and 26th, 2015. There is a great program and an excellent set of speakers planned for the Roundtable.

Follow this link for complete information on the specific location, hotels nearby and sponsorship and exhibit opportunities.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
8:30 – 9:00 am Beverages
9:00 – 9:30 am Opening Remarks
9:30 -10:25 am CDC – Blood Borne Pathogens
10:25 – 10:35 am Beverage Break
10:35 – 11:30 am Distracted Driving
11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch with vendor presentation/product showcase
1:00 – 2:30 pm Confined Space Rescue (with demonstration using live gas at facility)
2:30 – 2:45 pm Refreshment Break
2:45 – 3:45 pm Respiratory Protection/H2S
3:45 – 4:30 pm Tour of Facility
6:00 pm Dinner Location – Top Golf facility for dinner and ‘golfing’ fun.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
8:00 – 8:30 am Beverages
8:30 – 10:00 am DOT Inspection
10:00 – 10:15 am Beverage Break
10:15 – 11:30 Work Zone Safety
11:30 – 1:00 pm Lunch with vendor presentation/product showcase
1:00 – 3:00 pm Damage Prevention/Safe Excavation
3:00 – 3:15 pm Refreshment Break
3:15 – 4:15 pm Silica Dust
4:15 – 4:30 pm Recap/End of Day
Safety Committee Meeting – (all are invited to participate and become an active member of the committee)
Dinner on your own

Friday, March 27 – Classes


2015 Safety Award Applications are Available

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Confined space training





2015 Safety Award Applications are Available

The 2015 Safety Award applications are available for your use. download the forms, fill out and send back to the TGA. The deadline for the applications is May 1, 2015.

Use the links below to download the forms:

Meritorious Service Award

Motor Vehicle Achievement Award

Safety Achievement Award

Municipal Safety Award (municipals only)