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  • signed Vectren President Letter 2020-07-30 06:59:06 -0500

    Tell Vectren You Support Jobs for 798 Craftsmen

    Integrity Kokosing Pipeline Services, LLC, an Ohio-based contractor, is currently using only non-Local 798 members to perform the welding of natural gas pipelines for the Vectren Energy Delivery Corporation, a CenterPoint Energy company.  Please help us send a message to the Vectren Corporation, reminding them of the undeniable benefits of putting Local 798 Welders, Journeymen and Helpers on the job, as well as the tremendous risks associated with hiring workers outside this network.

    Sign the petition below to tell Brad Ellsworth, President of Vectren South, that Ohio deserves pipelines built by Local 798’s highly-skilled workforce! We will submit this during the week of August 3. Don't wait to take action!

    Dear President Ellsworth:  

    I am writing to express disappointment and frustration over the fact that Integrity Kokosing Pipeline Services, LLC is currently using workers outside the Pipeliners Local 798 network to perform the welding of natural gas pipelines for Vectren Energy Delivery Corporation. It is dangerous to select any other workforce to perform this most safety-critical piece of pipeline construction when Local 798 professional craftsmen are ready and available to do what they do best. 

    Local 798 members are highly-trained in all processes of pipe welding, and they enjoy access to a state-of-the art Training Center where their skills are constantly improved upon. This sort of commitment to training and education is simply unmatched, especially by a non-Local 798 workforce, which does not place the same level of emphasis on safety and quality.

    In addition to pipeline training, environmental responsibility is also a critical consideration in the construction process of any Local 798 infrastructure project. When it comes to respecting the environment, Local 798 members are trained on how to perform tasks while also caring for the surrounding environment. For example, the workforce is often educated in the identification of different types of soil and the importance of keeping them separate during the construction and remediation processes. The environmental impact surrounding pipeline projects is extremely important to our members because it is literally in the backyards of their family and friends. Local 798 members treat the land as if it were their own during all aspects of the construction process, and welding is no different.

    In summation, I believe you should encourage Integrity Kokosing and other contractors to hire Local 798 members, as this proud Local spends hundreds of hours each year training members in all aspects of pipeline construction and welding safety and is committed to ongoing apprenticeship and training programs, making them the most qualified, highly skilled and safest option for any proposed project.

    I have deep concerns about the lack of pipeline training of the workforce selected by Integrity Kokosing, and I strongly encourage you to look to the dedicated and skilled network of Local 798 members who are ready and willing to work.


    American Energy Supporter

  • signed Alaska LNG Comment AGDC 2020-07-21 19:21:28 -0500

    Support the Alaska LNG Project!

    The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is seeking an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) related to the proposed Alaska LNG Project from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). This proposed IHA is critical in authorizing incidental takes during one year of the larger project, which is expected to support more than 10,000 jobs, many going to Local 798 members.

    Sign the petition below that we will submit to the NMFS before the public comment period ends on August 17!

    About the project: The backbone of the Alaska LNG Project is an 800-mile, 42-inch diameter pipeline. With a daily capacity of 3.3 billion cubic feet, multiple compressor stations along the pipeline will help carry natural gas from the North Slope to Southcentral Alaska. Multiple interconnection points along the pipeline will provide for in-state gas distribution.

    *PLEASE NOTE: Local 798 may submit your signature to state and federal regulatory bodies, as well as elected officials to support the Alaska LNG Project.

    Dear Ms. Davis:

    I stand with Pipeliners Local 798 in strong support of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation's Alaska LNG Project, a critical investment in the state's economic and energy future, as it seeks an incidental harassment authorization (IHA).

    Over the course of several years, the project has undergone extensive environmental studies. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)'s final Environmental Impact Statement for Alaska LNG, issued in March 2020, in particular, was based on more than 150,000 pages of data and responses to 1,800 environmental and engineering data requests. The final EIS found the project's environmental impacts "would not be significant or would be reduced to less than significant levels with the implementation of proposed" mitigation measures. The EIS was among several assessments that collectively influenced FERC to issue its approval of the project in May 2020.

    Alaska LNG has also received several approvals from federal decision makers, including a Letter of Recommendation from the U.S. Coast Guard to FERC in 2016 to approve construction.

    I understand that Local 798's support for this project does not come lightly. Environmental responsibility is a critical consideration in the construction process of any Local 798 infrastructure project. Members are highly-trained on how to perform tasks while also caring for the surrounding environment. These men and women treat the land as if it were their own during all aspects of the construction process, and the Alaska LNG Project will be no different.

    Overall, I support the Alaska LNG Project due to the following key benefits:

    • Create up to 10,000 jobs during design and construction – many of which belong to Local 798 members in Alaska. Additionally, there could be approximately 1,000 operational jobs;
    • Significantly reduce barriers to further exploration on the North Slope and provide reliable, reasonably priced, fuel for domestic projects;
    • Provide Alaskan residential consumers with long-term affordable gas supply for power generation, home heating and other needs;
    • Set precedent for increased exploration of domestic gas reserves to supply LNG exports beyond 30 years;
    • Generate a critical and expansive revenue source for Alaska.

    The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation continues to work closely with the Alaska State Legislature, local governments, utilities and the public to identify the most appropriate locations for in-state gas interconnections, and it has consistently engaged in an open dialogue with administration, legislature, and municipalities to ensure the Alaska LNG Project is built environmentally responsibly.

    This is why I urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to issue an incidental harassment authorization without delay.


    Alaska LNG Project Supporter

  • posted about Cheniere CEO Letter on Facebook 2018-05-03 16:27:07 -0500
    Sign the petition: Tell Cheniere CEO: Hire Union

    Protect Union Jobs | Sign Your Name Now

    Dear Mr. Fusco:

    As a proud member of Pipeliners Local 798, my hope is that you will consider using union labor to construct Midship Pipeline. Local 798 represents more than 8,000 of the best men and women in this industry, 700 of whom live and work in Oklahoma. My fellow members have worked tirelessly to be the best and most dedicated pipeliners in the industry.

    Local 798 has generations of experience constructing quality infrastructure, and our work connects consumers to critical energy resources across the country. Generations of Local 798 members have played a central role in building Oklahoma’s energy infrastructure. We want to continue this tradition of constructing pipelines in our home state. I can assure you there is no better team to construct Midship Pipeline than Local 798. 

    I understand that hiring contractors working with unions can increase your initial bottom line. However, a price tag cannot be placed on quality, safety and professionalism. Local 798 has a strong track record of creating safe workplaces, protecting the environment and building strong communities in the places that intersect our jobs.

    The Midship Pipeline project provides critical opportunities for my Brothers and Sisters right here in Oklahoma. If given the opportunity, Local 798 will help build a safe and environmentally protective pipeline. Please trust in our abilities and the benefits that can be realized by extending a hand to Local 798. We look forward to working on this project; our livelihoods depend on it.

  • posted about Keystone XL on Facebook 2018-02-15 17:01:20 -0600
    Join me in support of the Keystone XL Pipeline and sign the petition! #Local798

    Sign Your Name in Support of Keystone XL

    The nation’s energy needs are increasing every day as consumers demand reliable and affordable fuel for their daily lives. Yet, insufficient pipeline capacity severely limits access to safe and economical energy sources. That is why critical infrastructure projects like Keystone XL Pipeline are vital. Keystone XL will help safely and efficiently deliver 1.1 million barrels of crude oil to hungry markets across the Midwest and as far south as Texas.

    Keystone XL represents a safe and environmentally sound way to transport the energy this country needs now and in the future. TransCanada is working closely with federal and state agencies to ensure the land and environment remain protected through project construction and operation.

    I support the Keystone XL Pipeline due to the many benefits outlined below:

    • Provide reliable supply of economical energy to millions of Americans;
    • Generate an estimated $55 million in property tax revenue in the first year of operations across 27 counties;
    • Create thousands of jobs for laborers;
    • Contribute approximately $3.4 billion to U.S. GDP;
    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 19 million metric tons (offsetting as many as 200 ocean tankers per year).

    I believe Keystone XL Pipeline is critical in securing continued national energy security, supporting economic development, and improving the reliability of North America’s pipeline network – all this while operating in a manner that respects the environment and landowners.

  • posted about Driftwood Pipeline Project on Facebook 2018-01-06 22:59:17 -0600
    Sign the petition in Support of Driftwood Pipeline | Add Your Name NOW

    Support the Driftwood Pipeline NOW

    I support the Driftwood Pipeline project, a critical investment in the Southeast natural gas infrastructure network that will increase regional access to domestically sourced energy while providing family-supporting jobs for Local 798 members.

    Once operational, the 96-mile interstate pipeline will provide firm transportation service and will interconnect with up to 13 existing pipelines and gas storage facilities located in southwest Louisiana. The project will also include the construction of 3 new compressor stations, creating more long-term job opportunities for skilled labor in the area.

    The project is expected to employ approximately 6,400 skilled laborers during the construction phase alone - many of whom are Local 798 members - and will support nearly 400 permanent positions once complete. 

    In addition, I support the Driftwood Pipeline project for the following key reasons:

    • Increases access of domestically sourced natural gas;
      Provide reliable supply of economical energy for regional homes and businesses;
    • Creates family-supporting jobs for Louisiana labor – many of whom are Local 798 members;
    • Generates needed state and local tax revenue.

    For the reasons listed above, I urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue necessary permits for the Driftwood Pipeline project without delay.

  • posted about Millennium Eastern System Upgrade on Facebook 2018-04-18 11:01:44 -0500
    Sign the petition: Eastern System Upgrade Petition | Sign Your Name

    Support the Millennium Eastern System Upgrade

    I urge regulators and elected officials to join me in support Millennium Pipeline Company’s proposed Eastern System Upgrade project.

    This project will deliver the energy New York deserves, while generating approximately $300 million in new economic activity in the region. Energy consumers in the Northeast already pay nearly 30 percent more for natural gas than the national average and over 40 percent more for electricity. New Yorkers, in particular, face increasingly heightened energy costs. Millennium Pipeline Co. has proposed this project to both alleviate this constraint and boost local economic activity.

    If approved, the Eastern System Upgrade project will transport increased quantities of affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible natural gas to consumers throughout the region.

    I support the Eastern System Upgrade project because of the following key benefits:

    • Inject approximately $275 million in the New York economy;
    • Save New Yorker electric consumers an estimated $495 million over the first 10 years of service;
    • Create an estimated 300 well-paying construction jobs;
    • Add an estimated $1 million in tax revenue annually for Sullivan and Orange counties.

    Timely approval is critical to keep this project on track to begin service in fall 2018. The people of New York can’t afford to wait.

    For these reasons, I request key decision makers to approve necessary permits for this critical project without delay.


  • posted about Petition Line 3 Replacement on Facebook 2017-05-24 19:31:39 -0500
    Join me in support of the Line 3 Replacement Project and sign the petition! #Local798

    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.


    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.**