Matt Ingram

  • signed PennEast 102 105 Permits via 2020-12-29 19:06:57 -0600

    Support the PennEast Project

    PennEast first announced its pipeline project in 2014 designed to bring approximately 1 bcf/day of natural gas from shale fields in northeastern Pennsylvania to consumers in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Taking into account numerous landowner and other stakeholder concerns, PennEast made several route modifications, and after extensive review, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the PennEast project in 2018, finding the project is in the public interest and could be constructed with minimal impact to the environment.

    Since FERC approved the project, legal issues have delayed the New Jersey section of the project. While that process plays out, PennEast has proposed a phased approach to constructing the project, whereby, with FERC and PA DEP approvals, most of the Pennsylvania route would be constructed.

    I support the PennEast pipeline. Unfortunately, legal issues have delayed the New Jersey section of the project. In order to move the project forward, PennEast has proposed a phased approach to constructing the project whereby, with FERC and PA DEP approvals, most of the Pennsylvania route may be constructed.

    The Pennsylvania portion of the pipeline would have an economic impact of over $1 billion and create thousands of direct and indirect jobs. Local 798 and every leading union organization supports the project.  

    Residences and businesses will also benefit. In just two winters in the last ten years, Pennsylvania consumers could have saved nearly $800 million in lower natural gas and electricity costs if PennEast was operational. This project is even more important at this time because neighboring states, such as New York and New Jersey, prevented many proposed natural gas infrastructure projects from moving forward, making regional pipeline constraints worse, especially during high demand periods.

    During construction, PennEast will be built with highly skilled union labor using the most up-to-date safety procedures. For example, PennEast will adopt the following processes:

    • Special coating to prevent corrosion will be placed inside and outside the high-strength, carbon steel that forms the pipeline, along with other corrosion prevention measures;
    • Periodic in-line inspections of the pipeline, which provides an important additional source of information about the condition and integrity of the pipeline;
    • X-ray of all welds and a hydrostatic pressure test will be conducted at pressures that exceed the maximum allowable operating pressure to ensure all welds can tolerate the designed operating pressures;
    • Continuous monitoring of gas pressure and flow in the pipeline, which will immediately alert technicians of any anomalies;
    • Remotely operated automated valves at locations consistent with the federal regulations;
    • Training and coordination with first responders along the project route, starting with communicating construction plans and expanding into training and coordination during ongoing operations.

    FERC and the PA DEP have conducted a rigorous review of the PennEast project. Approval of the Chapter 102 and 105 permits will provide the regulatory certainty needed to move forward and allow construction of this important pipeline project. For all of the reasons above, I support the PennEast project and urge approval of the permit applications before the PA DEP.

    Sincerely,

    PennEast Project Supporter

  • signed Governor Letter Line 3 via 2020-12-15 15:06:06 -0600

    Sign Our Letter to Governor Walz

    After six years of proposals, protests and legal challenges, Enbridge has secured the last permits needed from state and federal governments to finish constructing the Line 3 pipeline, bringing the project a step closer to construction.

    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has been criticized by both supporters and opponents of the project for his administration’s handling of the permitting issue. Join Local 798 in thanking his administration for helping to put pipeliners back to work in Minnesota!


    Dear Governor Walz,

    I am grateful that your administration issued the final state permits necessary to initiate construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project, bringing the project another step closer to construction.

    The decision by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to issue a Section 401 water quality certification under the Clean Water Act for the project, as well as a wastewater permit and an approval for an air emissions cap, is based on sound science and strikes the balance between protecting natural resources and allowing reasonable development. The MPCA’s thorough analysis ensures that necessary safeguards are in place to protect Minnesota’s waters. Notably, the 401 certification requires Enbridge to meet Minnesota’s extensive water quality standards instead of lower federal standards.

    Line 3 is an opportunity for Minnesota to welcome a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure project at no cost to the taxpayers. This project will protect Minnesota’s environment, grow its economy, and put laborers across the state back to work. As a supporter of pipeliners who are well trained and experienced in safe pipeline construction, I appreciate your administration’s willingness to end the obstruction and continue moving toward Minnesota’s energy future.

    This economic lifeline will put hundreds of pipeliners back to work, safely bring Line 3 back up to original capacity to meet the energy needs of homeowners and businesses and generate critical tax revenue in each county the project intersects, while providing a multi-billion-dollar boost to the regional economy.

    The people of Minnesota deserve the tremendous economic and energy benefits associated with this critical infrastructure project. This is why I support Line 3 and thank your administration for issuing the final approvals necessary to start construction.

    Signed, 

    Line 3 Replacement Project Supporter

Matt Ingram

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