Put the Safety Roundtable on your calendar!

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

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

Trench shoring

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)

EIA Monthly report for January


Go here for full EIA report for January

Highlights of the Report:

The January Natural Gas Monthly, with data through November 2014, has been released.

  • For the first time since 1996, the United States did not receive any liquefied natural gas import cargoes from our trading partners in November 2014.
  • Preliminary dry gas production for November 2014 is 2,186 billion cubic feet (Bcf) or 72.9 Bcf/day. For 2014, November is the highest dry production value in Bcf/day of the year. November’s 72.9 Bcf/day is a 0.9 increase from October’s revised 72.0 Bcf/day, and a 6.3% increase from last November’s 68.6 Bcf/day.
  • Preliminary total consumption for November 2014 is 2,375 Bcf or 79.2 Bcf/day, an increase of 2.6% from last November’s 2316 or 77.2 Bcf/day.
  • Residential consumption drove the total consumption increase: deliveries to residential consumers for November 2014 are 541 Bcf or 18 Bcf/day (an increase from last November’s 17.3 Bcf/day); industrial deliveries are 660 Bcf or 22 Bcf/day (an increase from last November’s 21.7 Bcf/day); and electric power deliveries are 599 Bcf or 20 Bcf/day (a slight increase from last November’s 19.9 Bcf/day).

FACT SHEET: Administration Takes Steps Forward on Climate Action Plan by Announcing Actions to Cut Methane Emissions

On January 14, 2015, the Administration announced actions to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 – 45%  2012 levels by 2025.

Reading this Fact Sheet from the Press Secretary, it would seem that much of this is directed toward production and completion with some emphasis on transmission. It would not be unlikely that this would enlarge to involve Distribution companies as well.

If you would like to download and read the Fact Sheet, click on this sentence for the complete document.

Thanks to Dave Schryver with the American Public Gas Association for sending this to the Association.


Winter Board and Committee Meeting Coming Up!


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The TGA Winter Board and Committee Meetings are coming up in two weeks.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015
8:00 Refreshments
8:30 Committee Meetings

11:30 Lunch for golfers
12:30 Tee Time –  Golf

6:30 Dinner – Southside Market Barbeque

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
8:00 Refreshments
8:30 TGA Board Meeting
11:30 Adjourn

When TGA Board meeting ends, the Scholarship Board will meet

Call the TGA office (281-497-8427) with any additional questions

2014 Winter Board Meeting Photo


Reminder – Scholarship deadline

scholarship logoDon’t forget! The deadline for the Academic Scholarship is January 31, 2015.

For those of you planning on applying for the scholarship, be sure to have your submission at the TGA office, or postmarked by that date.

As a reminder, the scholarship is for entering freshmen who are children of employees of TGA Member Companies.

Good luck and be sure to meet the deadline!

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2015 Annual Meeting – Put it on your Calendar!

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Put it on your calendar today!

The 2015 TGA Operations and Management Conference is scheduled for June 7 – 10, 2015 in Galveston, Texas at the Moody Gardens Convention Facility.

This summer’s meeting will be a great opportunity for a family outing, with great entertainment at Moody Gardens and the other fantastic opportunities in Galveston. Bring the entire family for a great vacation and a great meeting for the natural gas industry.

The agenda is still a work in progress, but stands to be the best O & M Conference ever produced by the Texas Gas Association.

Here is a link to Moody Gardens for your use.

RRC makes organizational changes

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The Railroad Commission Reorganizes

Below is an announcement regarding the Reorganization of the management structure of the RRC:

From: Milton A. Rister
Sent: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 3:22 PM
Subject: Announcement

Kari French, currently the Division Director of Gas Services, has been named the Director of Oversight and Safety. The divisions of Pipeline Safety, Gas Services and Alternative Energy will all report to Kari in her new role. This reorganization will help the Railroad Commission bring even greater efficiency and consistency to the important operations of this agency, allowing us to better serve our state. Continue reading

TGA Winter Board Meeting – January

Hilton Lost Pines2015 Winter committee and Board Meeting

January 27 and 28, 2015

Hilton Lost Pines Resort
575 Hyatt Lost Pines Road,
Cedar Creek, TX 78612 – (512) 308-1234
The Board and Committee meetings are a great opportunity to get actively involved with the Texas Gas Association!

The TGA block of rooms is sold out, but the Hyatt still has rooms at their normal rate. if you wish to stay elsewhere, links to accommodations near the Hyatt can be found at this link.

You need to register for the meetings and golf so the Association can plan for you. The link to the registration form is here.

The schedule for the meetings is as follows: Continue reading