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September/October Issue of The LINK Newsletter Now Available

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LINK Newsletter – September/October 2014

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The LINK Newsletter Sept/Oct 2014


Fall Leadership Conference

October 15-17, 2014
The Worthington Renaissance – Ft. Worth, TX

The Fall Leadership Conference provides timely information on important issues of the day for natural gas professionals in gas demand forecasting, gas supply marketing, legislative affairs, and rates & regulatory affairs.  Manager, director, and vice president level professionals attend this conference. 

Contact:    Pat Downey or Kent Hobart


Engineer’s Week

September 8-12
Atmos Energy Training FacilityCharles K Vaughan Center
Dallas (Plano) TX

SGA’s Engineer’s Week provides an excellent opportunity for engineers to receive valuable, industry specific training in only a few short days. Workshops are often combined during the week so that attendees can attend multiple classes to customize the experience.

Contact:  Gary Hines

Introduction to the Incident Command System – Webinar

September 10
2:30 to 3:30 pm CT

The Incident Command System is the nationwide standard for incident management.  This webinar will provide an overview of the ICS structure as well as insight into how pipeline operations employees can effectively use this system to enhance safety and accountability during response to emergency situations.   Further, recommendations will be made on how to work effectively with local public sector emergency responders who will use the Incident Command System at a pipeline emergency.

Contact: Kent Hobart

Fall Training Week

September 23-25
Atmos Energy Training Facility – Charles K Vaughan Center
Dallas (Plano) TX
Beginning with Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry, new employees can get up to speed quickly with a broad overview of the industry. See below for a description of the class.  In addition to the Introduction class, participants then have the option of attending other classes that will assist them in their professional development.  Some workshops will be offered in parallel, so check schedules accordingly.

Contact:  Veronica Garza


Information Integration to Enhance Pipeline Safety – Webinar Series

Part of the Safely Managing the Lifecycle of Pipelines Series
October 6 – November 17

This series of case studies is intended to promote discussion, learning and knowledge about requirements, functions and features of Information Integration Systems to Enhance Pipeline Safety. The series will consist of 6 sessions, each featuring a natural gas pipeline operator and their respective system supplier. The pipeline operator will describe their requirements and expectations of the system they selected. The corresponding supplier will describe the functions and features of the system that they supplied.

Contact:  Fraser Farmer

Web Based Training Modules Available

SGA has just launched their WBT courses for individuals to purchase through the Products page.  You can purchase the full Core WBT Library which includes 46 courses or individual libraries of courses for:

  • Introduction to the Natural Gas Industry
  • Introduction to Natural Gas Transmission
  • The Ratemaking Process
  • DOT Regulatory Compliance

You will also be able to purchase any of the 46 individual courses separately.  Prices for individual courses start at $25 for SGA Members and $50 for non-members with discounts for purchasing 10 or more.

Contact:      Doug Hinkle

Operating Conference – Wrap Up

We had a great time with our conference attendees a few weeks ago in New Orleans. Over 900 attendees!  Check out the highlight videoAnd thank you to our sponsors!

Make plans to attend next year:  July 20-22, 2015; Omni Hotel – Nashville TN

Contact:  Gary Hines

Updates and Information

Event Calendar

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Natural Gas Fall Workshop
September 8-11, 2014; Leak City in Athens, AL

Operations & Engineering Fall Web Conference Series:  Information Integration to Enhance Pipeline Safety
October 6 – November 17, 2014; Online

Fall Leadership Conference
October 15-17, 2014; Ft. Worth, TX

Engine Emissions Stack Testing & Analyzer Workshop
October 15-17, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK

Natural Gas Quality Web Workshop Series
October 21 – November 18, 2014; Online

Advanced Pipeline Design Workshop
November 4-6, 2014; Houston, TX

Integrity Management for Gas Transmission Pipelines
January 27-29, 2015; Houston, TX

Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting & Construction
February 2-4, 2015; San Antonio, TX
View our event calendar. Many of our workshops are available to bring to your location. Some of our workshops are scheduled based on demand. Check out our full list of onsite workshops to indicate your interests.
September Issue of the Operations & Engineering Newsletter Now Available August 27, 2014

Welcome New Member – PennTex Midstream Partners, LLC
August 21, 2014

Emergency Management Update – August14
August 21, 2014

Pipeline Safety Council Hosts Mid-Year Webinar to Share Lessons Learned
August 20, 2014

NewsBlast – Environmental Update
August 19, 2014

TPAA 2014 Four Year Public Awareness Effectiveness Survey
August 13, 2014

Congratulations to the SGA Corporate Communications Award Program Recipients August 8, 2014

Thank You to Our Sponsors
August 8, 2014

Diversity Recruitment and Retention Survey
July 24, 2014

Tuition Reimbursement Survey
July 24, 2014

SGA Welcomes Two New Board Members
July 23, 2014


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We Appreciate Our Volunteer Leaders!

SGA conducts approximately 50 live and 50 virtual events each year. The agendas for these events are driven by our 500+ volunteer leaders serving on 40+ Committees (learn more about SGA).

SGA honors the Committee leaders by recognizing them at SGA events throughout the year:

2014-2015 Membership Directory is Now Available

You can view an electronic version in our blog.  To receive a hard copy of the directory, please contact Jake Wagner.


Visit the Communications Center to access our August Network News to learn about programs like:

About Our Industry:  Leadership in Today’s Global Energy Scene
Dr. Scott Tinker

Audience: All Employees
Presenter: Dr. Scott Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas, Austin
Available: September 2, 2014

Program Overview:
At the recent SGA Operating Conference & Exhibits, SGA had the privilege to host Dr. Scott Tinker as the keynote speaker for the general session.  Learn more about our current energy revolution and dig deeper into where the different energy advocates sit.  What are the next steps to bring everyone to the same table to help foster the most important aspect of the American and world economy – Energy.

GMC postcard

The GMRC Gas Machinery Conference provides three days of technical training and papers presented by the industry’s leading subject matter experts.  The 2014 program will include 15 three hour short courses, 32 technical paper presentations and 17 new technology updates.  The conference includes a vendor exhibit with over 120 companies showcasing the latest equipment, technology and services.

Educational sessions and networking opportunities are valuable for design engineers, facility engineers, technicians and others, with an emphasis on the operation, maintenance and testing of gas compression machinery.

Contact: Pat Downey or Jane Butler

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