Technical Conference on Environmental Permitting & Construction

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February 12-15, 2019

Frisco, TX

Omni Frisco Hotel

Join us in Frisco for three days of high-powered content and career advancing networking opportunities delivered in a fun and interactive setting.

Conference attendees will have access to over 15 separate learning sessions sharing cutting-edge solutions and real-world case studies demonstrating how they can overcome challenges to get your pipelines permitted and built.

Industry newcomers will come away for the conference with valuable insights on how professionals are successfully navigating regulations and permitting processes to construct projects within environmental compliance. Seasoned professionals can look forward to gaining new ideas and best practices that will help them deliver projects more effectively. Regardless of your tenure in the industry, this conference’s unique mix of important education, peer learning and social interaction make it the place to be for gas industry environmental professionals.







This conference features 15+ sessions led by industry thought leaders with content curated by your peers. Topics focus on environmental permitting and construction in the natural gas industry, which will better prepare you to more successfully navigate local, state and federal landscapes.


Opening Keynote Speaker: Caron Lawhorn, Senior Vice President - Commercial, ONE Gas, Inc.

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Natural Gas Makes Sense ... For Today and for the Future


There is a growing debate in this country about the future of energy and the associated emissions that result from producing energy and moving that energy to where it's needed. On one extreme is a world free of fossil fuels, where everything is powered 100% by renewable energy. On the other extreme is an "all-of-the-above" strategy, including the resurgence of coal. Caron believes, as with many things in life, the answer to this complex issue lies somewhere in between. What does this debate mean for the natural gas that so many people depend on to heat their homes and water, cook their food, and dry their clothes? As an industry, we need to raise our voice and make sure that natural gas does not get overlooked in the energy debate.

Caron Lawhorn has been involved with changing the narrative and believes in our industry's advocacy program. As Senior Vice President, Commercial of ONE Gas, she sees firsthand the importance of having a seat at the table and balancing stakeholders' needs to find viable solutions that work today and well into the future. At ONE Gas, she is responsible for strategic planning, business development, customer service, rates and regulatory and government affairs. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Tulsa, where she was named Distinguished Alumna of the university and an Outstanding Alumna in the College of Business. She is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program. Caron is the immediate past chair of the board of directors of the Southern Gas Association.







Closing Keynote Speaker: Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology 


The Global Energy Transition: It’s Not What You Think

Energy fuels the economic engine of the world. Access to secure energy—affordable, available, reliable, and sustainable—is not only vital for economic health, but also to lift the world from poverty, and to invest in the environment. The energy transition is often thought of as the switch from carbon-based fuels to non-carbon fuels. But is that what we really seek? Or is the important energy transition one in which every person on earth has access to secure energy? Are carbon policy and energy poverty mutually exclusive, or does there exist an energy “radical middle” that can address the challenges of both, and still preserve a healthy economy? Rather than creating divisive political dichotomies of “good and bad,” “clean and dirty,” “believe and deny,” better to delve into the science, technology, and economics of energy poverty, atmospheric greenhouse-gas reduction, and large-scale land use and mining. Is there a framework that could result in the significant reduction of energy poverty, a real impact on climate change, and reduced land used for energy production—while maintaining a healthy global economy? Will NGOs, governments, academia, and industry find common ground and enable such a future to unfold? To avoid well-intended, but often negative outcomes, government policies require fact-based, transparent, and accessible energy education, as well as open, objective, and non-partisan dialog around such things as scale and density; emissions, land use, and water; resource extraction and development; economics and policy; and more. Through such dialog, compromise and convergence on workable solutions could be possible. 

Scott Tinker works to bring industry, governments, academe, and NGOs together to address difficult challenges. Dr. Tinker is director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Austin. Tinker co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and is used on thousands of K-12 and college campuses. Dr. Tinker formed the not-for-profit Switch Energy Alliance and is currently working on a new film project, Switch On, addressing global energy poverty.

To learn more about Dr. Scott Tinker's work, visit Switch Energy Project.



Golf Tournament

Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Early Afternoon Shotgun Start

Please join us for the annual SGA golf tournament. Golfers of all skill levels are encouraged to participate. The tournament's "scramble" format puts the focus on fun and friendship building and eliminates the need for tracking of individual scores.

Cowboys Golf Club
1600 Fairway Drive
Grapevine, TX 76051
(817) 481-7277

The Cowboys Golf Club is only a 10 minute Uber or taxi ride from the DFW airport and approximately 25 minutes from this year's conference hotel.

The Cowboys Golf Club is distinguished as the first and only NFL-themed golf club in the world and is the region's only all-inclusive
world-class resort golf property. More on the course can be found at

The cost per player is $175.00, which includes buffet lunch, tournament registration, greens fees, range balls, dinner during the awards ceremony and gratuity. Rental clubs are available through the course but it is up to each participant to make arrangments in advance directly with the course at (817) 481-7277.

Thank you to HDR, Inc. for sponsoring the beverages and prizes during the event.


Special Event sponsored by SWCA Environmental Consultants and RES

February 14, 2019 | 6-9 p.m.

Come join us at Chuckwagon Social! A chuckwagon dinner, drinks and music at Verona Villa!

Verona Villa
6591 Dallas Parkway
Frisco, TX 75034

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11 Cowboys Way, Frisco, Texas 75034

Special Room Rates Ends January 14, 2019

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Room Rate: $195 (Single/Double Occupancy)

SGA does not use third-party agents for booking. To reserve your room over the phone, contact the hotel at (469) 281-0000 and ask for the SGA or Southern Gas Association rate to receive discounted pricing. 


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Conference Pricing

Member: $650 | Non-Member: $975

This event follows the SGA Cancellation Policy "A" when cancellation is required.


Additional Conference Information

PDH/CPE: This conference qualifies for PDH hours. Attendees will receive a PDH form included in a post-conference follow-up email. This conference does not qualify for CPE hours.

Attire: Business Casual. We advise that you dress in layers as temperatures in meeting rooms can fluctuate.

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