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Blue Light Report - May / June 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.

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Blue Light Report Central - May / June 2020

Did you ever think such a situation would occur in our lifetime? We’ve always heard the advice to save for a rainy day or work slowdown, but not save for a pandemic.

The entire world stopped on a dime, and navigating our daily lives looks very different with sanitary gloves, curbside delivery, and closed churches. Not to mention, no Steward School or April membership meeting. Many people are confused and handling this alone; employees are discouraged; many businesses will not re-open after this, but Pipeliners Local Union 798 remains strong. You have union representation working for you to help with questions, procedures, and protections. Despite the COVID-19 obstacles, the federal government has deemed pipeline construction as essential, and as you can see, in my pre-job list, the job notifications are still being submitted. 

Maintenance continues in my area, and we have pre-jobbed two major jobs affiliated with the Buckeye Express project in Ohio -- U.S. Pipeline Spread 2 and Associated Spread 3 and 4. Price Gregory Spread 1 is still expected on June 1, 2020. Snelson’s Saginaw Trail project also kicked-off in Michigan. When dispatched, you will receive documentation from the dispatch office defining your essential employment permitting travel. Please understand, we are going to encounter situations that we’ve never faced before. Please try to help your Welder Foreman and Job Steward ensure a safe and healthy work environment by taking precautions not only on the job but also at home and in public. Stay healthy and practice good hygiene daily. This could be the difference in jobs shutting down or projects up and running. Contractors will implement precautionary measures to keep our members and the entire union workforce healthy with masks, social distancing, clean buses, clean porta-johns, hand sanitizers, etc. If preventative measures are not exercised, use your chain of command; Welder Foreman first, Job Steward second, and then the Business Agent. We all must pull together just as the nation has.  

Stay safe, and as always, if I can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to call. Shop small, support union, and buy made in the USA.    


Apex Pipeline Services, Inc.: 

- Oak Hill, OH. Fabrication, installation, and maintenance of multiple stations 2”- 42” for TC Energy. Superintendent: Eric Creel. Welder Foreman: Jason Smith. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 10-16-20. 

Associated Pipeline Contractors, Inc.: 

- Ironton, OH. Buckeye Express Project spreads 3 & 4 -- 22.3 miles of 36” new lay for TC Energy.  Superintendent: Byron Johnson. Welder Foreman: James Leroy McDougal. Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 11-15-20. 

Big Inch Fabricators and Construction: 

- Pittsboro, IN. Hydrotest 5,400’ of existing 30” with take-up and relay 480’ of 30” in Marion County, IN for Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company. Superintendent: Dallas Shepler. Welder Foreman: Troy Miller. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 5-15-20.  

Contractors Rental Corp dba CJ Hughes 

- Lima, OH. 2”- 16” pump station for Marathon Petroleum Company. Superintendent: Matt Hill.  Welder Foreman: Jerry Fulk. Working 4-10s and an 8. Approx. completion 5-30-20. 

Henkels & McCoy, Inc.: 

- Mt. Pleasant, MI. Installation of 1 MLV and 12” high pressure PLD valve with piping for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: Ben Pace. Welder Foreman: Gary Mullin. Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 4-20-20. 

Infrasource Construction, LLC: 

- Harrison, OH. 4-5 miles of 20” retrofit and up rate testing for Duke Energy. Superintendent:  Calvin Fuller. Welder Foreman: Justin Teague. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-6-20.  


- Martinsville, IN. 3.6 miles of 16” with 3 station sites for Vectren. Superintendent: John Karlson.  Welder Foreman: Andy Anderson. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-30-20. 

Michels Pipeline:  

- Marysville, MI. Tie-in work on the Line 5 St. Clair River crossing for Enbridge. Superintendent:  Luke Kearns. Welder Foreman: Jan Slater. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 5-9-20. 

Minnesota Limited, Inc.: 

- Portland, IN. Compressor station upgrade in Jay County, IN for TC Energy. Superintendent:  Duane Carlson. Welder Foreman: Eric Haskins. Working 6-10s. Job complete. 

- Centerville, OH. 24” station-launcher, separator, and road crossing including 1,300’ of 16” lift and lay for Vectren. Superintendent: Mark Carpenter. Welder Foreman: Eric Raymond. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 7-20-20. 

- Crawfordsville, IN. Fabricate, test, and install a filter separator 8” piping in Tippecanoe County, IN for Vectren. Superintendent: Tommy Alexander. Welder Foreman: Chad Springer. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 4-25-20. 

R.L. Coolsaet Construction Co.: 

- Warren, MI. Assist on pipeline pigging of transmission lines in McComb, Oakland, and St. Clair Counties, MI for DTE Energy. Superintendent: Mike Himes. Welder Foreman: Paul Mullin.  Working 5-10s. Approx. completion 5-15-20. 

- Wixom, MI. Take-up and relay 3,400’ of 30” transmission line for DTE Energy. Superintendent:  Bart Jennette. Welder Foreman: Edson Blaisdell. Working 6-10s. Job incomplete; and put out for rebid.   

R.L. Morris and Sons: 

- Kalkaska, MI. 12”- 36” launcher/receiver and integrity work on high pressure transmission lines for Consumers Energy. Superintendent: John Lantzer. Welder Foreman: Mark Blaisdell.  Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 11-1-20. 

Snelson Companies, Inc.: 

- Newtown, OH. 2.35 miles of 16” with two (2) 16” valves, one (1) 8” spherical tee, and one (1) 12” spherical tee for Duke Energy. Superintendent: Jeff Gregory. Welder Foreman: Van Smith.  Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 6-20-20. 

- Mt. Morris, MI. Replace 29 miles of existing 16” pipe with new 24” pipe for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Jeff Sanderson. Welder Foreman: William “Bo” Berry. Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-30-20. 

U.S. Pipeline, Inc.: 

- Jackson, OH.  Buckeye Express Project Spread 2 with 18.6 miles of 36” for TC Energy.  Superintendent:  Cliff Sinclair. Welder Foreman:  Marvin Bagwell.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-15-20. 

VEC, Inc.: 

- Hubbard, OH. Blanket fabrication, station fab 1”- 42” for NNG, TC Energy, ETC, Equitrans, and Williams Transco.  Superintendent: John Telesz. Welder Foreman: Jeffery B. Mooney. Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 6-1-20.  


  • Blue Light Report - May / June 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would first like to say, “Tough times never last. But tough people do.” Pipeliners are some of the toughest and most resilient folks, but we are definitely being tested. We already had many enemies to battle, such as cheap nonunion contractors, biased judges, and extreme environmental protesters.
  • Blue Light Report 2 - May / June 2020
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds our Local 798 family safe and healthy. By now, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached almost every county and parish in the United States. I don’t know that anyone could have forecasted that this virus would sweep through our country with such intensity.
  • Blue Light Report Dispatch - May / June 2020
    There is no way to describe the times in which we are living. We are walking through a situation that no one has dealt with before us. However, we do have work starting. Gas companies and contractors are proceeding with extreme caution.
  • Blue Light Report Benefits Update - May / June 2020
    Virtual Medical Visit option available May 1st   PIBF will be launching the MDLIVE program on May 1, 2020.  This is a virtual medical visit program offered by BlueCross BlueShield for active and COBRA participants and for participants where PIBF is the primary coverage.