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  • 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 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
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    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.

     

  • signed Petition Line 3 Replacement 2020-12-01 18:43:02 -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.**