Michael Williams

  • signed Petition Line 3 Replacement 2020-12-03 15:22:38 -0600

    Sign the Line 3 Support Petition

    Enbridge continues to work with state and federal permitting agencies to finalize the permits required to start construction in Minnesota and enable completion of the $2.9 billion U.S. portion of the project.

    Thousands of jobs are in jeopardy, many belonging to Local 798 members! Help us collect signatures on the below petition that we will submit to regulators and other decision makers at the appropriate time.


    I proudly support the Line 3 Replacement Project. Once in operation, Line 3 will provide a much-needed update to Enbridge’s Mainline System, ensuring that it continues to safely transport energy required to meet growing demands from eastern Canada to the Gulf Coast.

    The project has already undergone unprecedented environmental review, culminating with the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which was based on the most extensive environmental study of a pipeline project in Minnesota state history. After careful review of the FEIS, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved the certificate of need, route permit and environmental review for the project, and I believe other permitting agencies should offer similar support for the following key reasons:

    • Enbridge has demonstrated plans to restore 99.98% of the potential wetland impacts during construction;
    • Replacing aging infrastructure is critical in order to safely meet the region’s growing demand for reliable energy;
    • Construction will support approximately 1,500 jobs in Minnesota alone;
    • Project activity will generate critical tax revenue in each county the project intersects while providing a multi-billion-dollar boost to the regional economy.

    The people of North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin deserve the tremendous economic and energy benefits associated with this critical infrastructure project. This is why I support the Line 3 Replacement Project and urge swift approval of necessary permits and certifications.

    Signed, 

    Line 3 Replacement Project Supporter


    **Local 798 may submit your signature to state and federal regulatory bodies, elected officials and other decision makers in support of the Line 3 Replacement project.**

  • signed Leach XPress 2020-09-25 04:36:53 -0500

    Stand up for Leach XPress

    As natural gas production continues to grow in the Marcellus and Utica shale plays, Columbia Gas Transmission has been working closely with natural gas producers to provide new transportation options to deliver gas from the capacity-constrained supply basin to the interstate market. By connecting production areas to the Columbia Gas Transmission mainline system, the Leach XPress project will help move domestic natural gas to high-demand energy markets an provide access to affordable, clean and abundant domestic natural gas supplies.

    In addition to generating substantial local economic benefits, the Leach XPress project will be designed, constructed and operated with a core focus on safety and respect for landowners and local natural resources. Columbia’s efforts to meet and exceed safety and environmental standards have earned the company awards and recognition from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the American Gas Association.

    Columbia has already begun extensive outreach to landowners and communities along the project route. The Leach XPress project team continues to work closely with landowners, local officials and communities to provide up-to-date information and ensure community involvement in the process.

    The Leach XPress project is a $1.4 billion investment that will enable the safe transport of approximately 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas from the heart of the Appalachian supply basin to natural gas consumers. When completed, this important infrastructure project will supply this region with domestic, clean-burning natural gas for generations to come.

    As a creator of project-related jobs and new local tax revenue, the Leach XPress investment reaffirms our partnership with communities through this important region. This is exactly the type of project that is necessary to move critical natural gas supplies throughout the country. Please put your support behind this project and make sure it meets the scheduled in-service date.