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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 Southwest - January / February 2020

I hope this report finds that everyone had a great holiday season, whether it was with family, pipeline family, or friends. At this moment, the maintenance work in my area is winding down for the season. However, Hanging H has begun construction on the Cheyenne Connector project.

At present, they are slowly gearing up and plan on having the job fully manned after the first of the year. Again, I thank everyone who helped advocate for this project. When actions arise, we need to be vigilant in getting these petitions signed.  

On another note, many of you who commented on the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector projects probably received a letter from FERC announcing that the final E.I.S has been prepared. This is a large milestone for the project. There are still large hurdles to overcome with state and local agencies to get this project fully permitted. I want to remind everyone that even though this project is not in our jurisdiction, it will certainly create more opportunities for work out west. If you see an action or a petition to sign, I urge you to do so.

The work outlook in the west next year, I believe, is going to be even better than it was this year. The Integrity Maintenance work should be as good or better, and there are several large diameter projects coming up on which I have contractors bidding. I believe I will also have some station work coming up early in the year in Wyoming. Also, I’m optimistic that we are going to start picking up some work in New Mexico next year. I thank the members in the field that have been advocating for the gas companies to use fair contractors. You are very valuable assets, and it is starting to pay off. There is still some building trades work available out west. Intel seems to be ramping up again, and Phoenix has been utilizing some of our people. In closing, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. If I can be of any help, do not hesitate to call (918-398-3380).

Pre-Jobs:

Precision West:

- Las Vegas, NV. 14” and 8” auger bores and installation of various fabrication for Kinder Morgan. Superintendent: David Kendrick. Welder Foreman: Mick Click. Working 5-10s. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 2-5-19.

Charps, LLC:

- Casper, WY.  24” and 26” sleeves and split tees for Enbridge. Superintendent: DJ Omang. Welder Foreman: Joe Forris. Working 6-10s. Maintenance Integrity rates. Job complete.

Hanging H Companies, LLC:

- Eaton, CO. Cheyenne Connector 70 miles 36” for Tallgrass. Superintendent: Jeff Fox: Welder Foreman: Rodney Kilgore. Working 6-10s. Market Recovery rates. Approx. completion 6-1-19.

Michels Pipeline:

- Sheridan, WY. Tie in directional drills and casing for Phillips 66. Superintendent: Ray Healy. Working 5-8s. Maintenance Integrity rates.

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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.