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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 - September / October 2019

Since my last report, I have been spending my time going to job visits and pre-jobbing on the road.

The job visits have gone well with most of the questions turning towards the permits involved with the MVP and ACP. Some spreads on the MVP are currently stalled. Their pipe is laid out, and they are waiting on a crucial water certification before they can tie-in the existing pipe. Some spreads still have pipe to lay that is not involved with the wetlands, and therefore, can continue to put pipe together. Supposedly the MVP will be receiving their water certification around the end of August, but that remains to be seen. 

The ACP is awaiting word on whether or not the U.S. Supreme Court will take the case.  Hopefully, the Supreme Court will overturn the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decisions that currently have the project shut down. Lawyers from both the UA and Dominion have written briefs to the Supreme Court. These briefs explain why the Fourth Circuit Court was wrong in their decision to vacate the permits that were already granted by the federal agencies in charge of granting the permits. The Supreme Court’s decision is supposedly going to be rendered in August.  

With all the shutdowns we are currently facing, we are blessed to have an open call from Local Union 449 at their Monaca, PA, Shell Chemicals ethane cracker facility. At last count, we have 150 Local Union 798 members working at the plant, and they recently asked us to send Helpers to man their work. The cracker is not the same as working pipeline, but it pays the bills and provides comparable benefits. If you are interested in working at the cracker plant, call the Dispatch Office, and they will get you started on your paperwork. 

I recently traveled to Tulsa to attend a memorial service for longtime Local Union 798 Financial Secretary-Treasurer Doyle Hendrix. Doyle served this local for many years and was a major force in helping to shape 798 into what it is today. Those that came before us dedicated their lives to keep 798’s seat at the table in an industry that doesn’t always want us sitting at their table. We must never forget the folks who laid the groundwork. Please keep the Hendrix family in your thoughts and prayers during this time. 

Pre-Jobs: 

Ace Pipeline, Inc.: 

- Salem, WV. 11,500’ of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Jeremy Phillips. Welder Foreman: Jason Pitts. Mainline rates. Working 5-11s.  

Apex Pipeline Services, Inc.: 

- Glen Dale, WV. 9 miles of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Roman McKown. Welder Foreman: Josey Kirk. Mainline rates. Working 4-12s and 1-10. 

- Triadelphia, WV. 9.5 miles of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Moe Riddle. Welder Foreman: Charlie Thomas. Mainline rates. Working 4-12s and 1-10.  

Appellation Construction Services, LLC: 

- Dallas, PA. 24” and 12” Integrity work. Superintendent: Travis Orwick. Welder Foreman: Eli Rusczyk (Local Union 520). Integrity rates. Working 6-10s.  

Associated Pipe Line Contractors, Inc.: 

- Karns City, PA. Take-up and re-lay 22,250’ of 10”. Superintendent: Mark Nail. Welder Foreman: Charlie Beddingfield. Special Agreement fringes paying Mainline wages and per diem. Working 6-10s.  

Henkels and McCoy, Inc.: 

- Silver Springs, MD.  1 mile of 16” and 12” street work. Superintendent: Chad Simmons. Welder Foreman: Jason Steed. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s.  

LMC Industrial Contractors, Inc.: 

- Yorktown Heights, NY.  1” through 10” Temporary M&R bypass piping. Superintendent: Adam Vosh. Welder Foreman: Mike Adams. Station rates. Working 5-10s. 

 Michels Pipeline: 

- McLean, VA.  Additional 5,800’ of 24” street work. Superintendent: Chris Powell. Welder Foreman: Jacob Morgan. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

Otis Eastern Services, Inc.: 

- Grantville, PA. 24” and 30” anomaly digs. Superintendent: Skip Holley. Welder Foreman: Billy Dufford. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

- Baltimore, MD. Tie-ins on existing 26”. Superintendent: Richard West. Welder Foreman: Ryan Copley. Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

Over & Under Piping Contractors, Inc.: 

- Syracuse, NY. Station work, 24” drip removal and creek relocation. Superintendent: Fred Robinson. Welder Foreman: Pat Hyer (Local Union 267). Mainline rates. Working 6-10s.  

Robo Construction: 

- Montoursville, PA. Install 10” pipeline riser and fab. Superintendent: Dusty Satterfield. Welder Foreman: Ryan Massaro (Local Union 520). Special Agreement rates. Working 5-10s. 

U.S. Pipeline, Inc.: 

- White Haven, PA.  24” anomaly replacement. Superintendent: Joe Carter. Welder Foreman: Steve Yost. Integrity rates. Working 6-10s. 

Utility Line Services, Inc.: 

- Newark, DE.  6” and 8” lateral, take-up, re-lay, and M&R upgrades. Superintendent: Donnie Space. Welder Foreman: Josh Marsh. Special Agreement fringes paying High-Scale wages and per diem. Working 6-10s. 

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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.
  • 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.