Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
The fourth quarter came in strong and will probably close out 2018 the same way. What a great year for the best pipeliners in the pipeline industry. Our 798 men and women are the best bang for the buck for the gas and oil companies to get it done right and on time. Several of the jobs in the Northeastern states will not finish until sometime next year.
In 2019, I expect the same amount of maintenance work as we have done this year in my area. PHMSA and DOT are cracking down on old pipelines to be upgraded or replaced. The granddaddy of them all, the Line 3 Replacement Enbridge project, 370 miles of 36” in Minnesota, will also be in 2019. The Line 3 battle for permits is over, and I have an email and an official follow-up letter from Enbridge saying they have an agreement with the Fon De Lac Nation for construction on their land. The letter also states an in-service date of December 2019 for Line 3.
In early October, I will be in Nebraska attending the public comment meeting on the Keystone XL, Scoping of the ESI, for the approved reroute in Nebraska. The online comment period will go until November 8 and may be over when this Blue Light comes out. It will be on the Action Network after October 9, so help your Local and yourself by getting involved with the Action Network. Your job depends on getting permits, and this is an easy way to make things move in the right direction.
At this writing, I have 36 active jobs and have pre-jobbed over 90 jobs this year. All are Integrity Maintenance Jobs. The future of 798 will be supported by this type of work so get your up-hill welding skills up-to-date for the future. Your Local is in great shape with our health care and pension so keep stacking it up for your future.
Thanks to all that have sacrificed your home life to pipeline on the road this season. Best wishes to you during the holiday season and be safe wherever you’re traveling. Always remember United We Stand and Divided We Fall.
MORE 798 STORIES
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Like many of you, I am also disappointed in the many projects that have been stalled or delayed. All the more reason we must continue to be vigilant in our efforts to advocate. Sadly, only about 50% of our members are actively engaged on our Action Network.
Brothers and Sisters, I hope this report finds each of you healthy and in good spirits. This year has obviously started out much slower than the last two. Through the month of May, we are well behind 2017 and 2018 man-hours, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, which ended up being 6.8 million and 7.5 million man-hour years.
The pipeline hours are slower than in 2017 and 2018, but we are still ahead of 2015 and 2016, so work is not quite as slow as it may seem. We are not having a record year as we have had previously (that goal is unreasonable), but work is picking up. We have already needed to PPC-11 a nonbook to an Intermediate job in the Dakotas.
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