Distribution Member Committee

banked meters 4Chair: Steve Yarbrough, CenterPoint Energy

The Distribution Committee plans and prepares workshops and classes that will serve the needs of the Distribution membership. Subject matter and frequency are based on the stated needs of the distribution members. Workshops are designed to provide informal discussion about issues and needs of the membership. The committee provides a great platform for exchange of ideas, best practices and the establishment of relationships that strengthen the natural gas industry.

The Distribution Committee reports it’s member needs to the Employee Development Committee so classes can be established to serve the needs of the distribution members.

Active Members of the Committee are:

Oscar Barrera, Atmos Energy, WesTex
Rudy Carrizales, City of Pearsall
Chuck Compton, Magnolia River
Randy Guzman, City of Alpine
Kevin Hecht, Bay City Gas
Ken Hubbard, Si Energy
Jim Jarrett, Texas Gas Service
Paul Kennedy,Si Energy Gas
Josh Norton, Atmos Energy, MidTex
Brandi Price, Atmos Energy
Don Stanton, CPS Energy
Jason Walborn, Pro-Pipe
Associate Members:

Terry Delasalle, Greene’s Energy Group
Derrell Isenberg, Digco
Heath Lyle, Lyle & Perossa Engineering
Terry Talley, Dimension Energy Service



TGA Distribution Committee Meeting Notes – October 14, 2015 – Austin, Texas

  1. Attendance (today)
    1. 12
    2. Sign-in sheet
  2. Participation – last meeting
    1. 19!
  3. Distribution Roundtable (San Marcos)
    1. Attendance
      1. Participants – 80+
      2. Vendors / Associate Members – 14+
    2. Review
      1. Survey
      2. Duration of event – Good comments
        1. Stay with 1 night?!
        2. Consider starting earlier
  • Reception
    1. Hotel reception was very good, size of room and food.
    2. For next year consider providing lunch first day and taking a count and/or charging for Dinner
  1. Hotel – Good location!
  1. Final agenda
12:30 pm to 1:20 pm Atmospheric Corrosion Challenges

·        Carlos Zamora – Texas Gas Service

1:20 pm to 2:10 pm Work Zone Safety / Permits

·        Robert Godina – Texas Department of Transportation

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm RRC – Public Awareness & Inspections

·        David Ferguson & Stephanie Weidman – Texas Railroad Commission

8:00 am to 8:45 am What to do when OSHA shows up to the jobsite

·        Jason Williams – Derrell Isenberg – Digco

8:45 am to 9:30 am New Leak Survey Technology – The Picarro System

·        Bradley Coppedge – Centerpoint Energy

9:45 am to 10:30 am Commercial Driver’s License – Training Issues

·        Tom Hartman

11:00 am to 11:45 am Cross bores (Panel Discussion)

·        Oscar Barrera – Atmos

·        Jason Walborn – Pro Pipe


  1. Chair / Vice Chair(s)
    1. 2015: Jose (Pepe) De Alba / Oscar Barrera
    2. 2016: Oscar Barrera / Ken Hubbard
  2. Breakout session topics for the next Annual meeting:
    1. “Plastic Pipe Failures” – Gajeske (Randall Cox)
    2. “Commercial Driver’s License – Training Issues” (Training Group) / DPS
    3. “Natural Gas maintenance operations around electrical sources” – CPS (Don Stanton)
    4. “Regulation and Measurement Issues” – TGS?
  3. Sessions topics for the next Roundtable:
    1. Mock Drill – Doug Meeks
    2. Use some of the annual topics
  4. The distribution committee to help with the Public Awareness event to be held in Amarillo
    1. Doug Meeks provided an update that the event still is planned. Companies to participate in the event: West Texas Gas, Atmos and Texas Gas Service.
    2. Planning another one for El Paso in 2016.
  5. TGA Website
    1. Committee member to update site – Doug Meeks
    2. We need more awareness from Gas company employees throughout
    3. Need material to post
  6. Next Meeting: Winter – TGA Board and Committee Meetings
    • January 28th and 29th, 2016
    • Location: TBD

Meeting adjourned

For next meeting:

  • Review Committee Objectives
  • Inspection Rule
    • How it will affect the small/mid/large operator
    • Availability of qualified personnel / cost
    • Span of control
  • Emergency Management
    • Mutual Assistance Agreements
  • Integration / coordination with Safety and Training
  • A more lengthy / more discussion meeting / roundtable, present topics – more prepared
  • Look at SGA topics and presenters

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