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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 Northeast - May / June 2020

As everyone is aware, COVID-19 is currently issue number one in our country. It has affected our homes, our industry, and our normal way of life. Most of the calls I’ve been receiving take a turn towards the Coronavirus and how it affects the 2020 work outlook. The virus has affected the work in the Northeast in many ways, and there are future scenarios none of us can see at this time.

I currently have one job in Pennsylvania that has shut down and three other jobs that were shut down for a while but were allowed to go back with smaller crews to do essential work. Other jobs have shut down due to the news of employees on the project who tested positive for COVID-19. The Shell Ethane Cracker, which employed a large number of Local 798 members, has also shut down. Some projects are trying to stay small and not hire new employees until the virus numbers turn toward the decline. 

Most conversations also turn to the large projects that were supposed to start moving in the spring. I haven’t heard anything new on the Mountain Valley Pipeline start date. After attending Senate and House of Representative hearings this winter with EQT representatives, the talk was about MVP being hopeful of getting preliminary work done in April. I speculate that due to COVID-19, the MVP will go but will be delayed due to the logistics of onboarding large groups when the project is already under a microscope. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has asked for a 30-day extension on their MVP project impact review related to fish and bats, which will also affect the start date. 

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline remains tied up in the Supreme Court of the United States, and the ruling was supposed to be handed down in June. I’m unsure if the virus will change the ruling timeline, but I’m sure it’s a possibility. I continue to pre-job small, “essential” jobs that will provide work to some.  Hopefully, we can put this pandemic behind us and return to normal sometime soon. For now, it is imperative that we follow CDC guidelines, practice social distancing, and, last but certainly not least, take care of our families during these unprecedented times. Please stay safe, stay healthy, and stay positive while we weather this storm. 

Pre-Jobs: 

Ace Pipeline, Inc: 

-Salem, WV. 300’ of 20” new lay. Superintendent: Jeremy Phillips. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s and one 8. 

Appellation Construction Services, LLC: 

-Potomac, MD. Integrity Maintenance on various pipe sizes in MD and VA. Superintendent: Tim Teribury. Welder Foreman: Tim Ungard. Integrity rates. Working 6-10s. 

Apex Pipeline Services, Inc.: 

-New Martinsville, WV. 14 miles of 20” steel new-lay in Wetzel County, WV. Superintendent: Moe Riddle. Welder Foreman: Charlie Thomas. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s. 

-Glen Dale, WV. 8 miles of 20” steel new-lay. Superintendent: Roman McKown. Welder Foreman: Josey Kirk. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s. 

Bond Civil and Utility Construction: 

-Burrillville, RI. 2” to 36” Integrity management anomaly and fab work locations in MA, RI, and CT. Superintendent: Matthew Fernandes. Welder Foreman: Ed Stockwell. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s. 

Contractors Rental Corp dba CJ Hughes: 

-Conowingo, MD. 8”, 20”, and 26” launcher and receiver replacements in MD. Superintendent: Tyler Gandee. Welder Foreman: Derek Dayton. Integrity rates. Working 5-10s and one 8. 

-Hurricane, WV. 30” road crossing replacement. Superintendent: Tyler Gandee. Welder Foreman: Trent Dickess. Integrity rates. Working 5-10s and one 8. 

Frank Lill and Son, Inc.: 

-Chambersburg, PA. Filter separator removal and replacement. Superintendent: Troy Teeter. Welder Foreman: Mike Donohue. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s. 

Geeding Construction, Inc.: 

-Coraopolis, PA. 16” anomaly dig. Superintendent: Logan Verslous. Welder Foreman: Andy Gnade. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s. 

G.P.L. Construction, Inc.: 

-Montville, CT. 6.03 miles of 16” and .42 miles of 12” street work. Superintendent: Michael Gaudette, Jr. Welder Foreman: Ken Jones. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s. 

InfraSource Construction, LLC: 

-Winchester, VA. 14,700’ of 20” steel new-lay. Superintendent: Jason Nash. Welder Foreman: Jay Wyatt. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s. 

J.L. Allen: 

-Weymouth, MA. Grassroots compressor station. Superintendent: Keith Camp. Welder Foreman: Josh Coombs. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s. 

Michels Pipeline: 

-Moundsville, WV. 900’ of 36” longwall pipe relocation. Superintendent: John Smith. Welder Foreman: Shane Sheffield. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s. 

Otis Eastern Service, Inc.: 

-Delmont, PA. 4 miles of 20” pipe replacement. Superintendent: Matt Holley. Welder Foreman: Ryan Copley. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s. 

Precision Pipeline: 

-Mechanicsburg, PA. Re-start on essential ME2 HDDS after PA COVID-19 shutdown. Superintendent: Chad Ward. Welder Foreman: Andy Hunt. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s. 

-Lebanon, PA. Re-start on essential ME2 HDDs after PA COVID-19 shutdown. Superintendent: Jason Smyser. Welder Foreman: Buck Phelan. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

U.S. Trinity Energy Labor Services, LLC: 

-Blairsville, PA. Re-start on essential ME2 HDDs after PA COVID-19 shutdown. Superintendent: Bud Mathis. Welder Foreman: Eddie Chastain. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s. 

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    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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