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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 - March / April 2020

I want to start this report by mentioning the great turnout we had at the January Regular Membership Meeting, despite the bad weather. It was great to see the new officers installed by Brother and UA Director of Pipeline and Gas Distribution, David Barnett.

Afterward, Brother Barnett gave a report to the membership that gave us a lot of insight into what the UA has been working on. One of the highlights was the new P.H.M.S.A. mega rule. By the time you read this report, there should have been an action to sign on the Action Network in support of the new rulemaking.

I hope many of you were able to sign it. With the environmentalists supporting these rulemakings along with us, it should pass. The amount of Maintenance and Integrity work that this is going to produce over the next 15 years is going to be huge. Just to give a brief summary, this rule applies to all transmission lines, including lines that were grandfathered in pre-1970s. If gas companies cannot produce good documentation confirming their M.A.O.P.s and materials, they will be required to retest and reconfirm that the line is capable of running the pressure they are trying to obtain. This also means that all of those lines will need to be piggable. As of right now, when the rules go into effect, they have until 2028 to get 50% of the applicable lines done and until 2035 to get it all done. With that being said, Maintenance and Integrity work is going to be a big part of what we do for quite some time. Make sure you utilize the training center to ensure you have the skills to do this work.

As of right now, it looks like the work out West is going to be better than last year. There are a few large projects that are scheduled to go this season. The contractors are going after work, and we have given them the tools to compete. I am hopeful we will start to see a swing towards our direction. I currently still target gas companies operating in the Permian to gain some of that market. It is extremely hard to make these gas companies see the difference between sub-standard contractors and fair contractors when they have been operating a certain way without a ton of regulation for so long.

If you haven’t made arrangements to attend this year’s Steward School, now is the time. It’s a great chance to meet new people and network for the upcoming work season. In closing, if I can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to call: 918-398-3380.

Pre-Jobs:

Michels Pipeline:

- Sheridan, WY. Casing for directional drills for Phillips 66. Superintendent: Ray Healy. Working 6-10s. Maintenance integrity rates. Job complete.

- Lusk, WY. 20” pump station for ONEOK. Working 6-10s. High scale. Superintendent: Spencer Fern. Welder Foreman: John Monden. Approx. completion 3-1-20.

Snelson Companies, Inc.:

- Henderson, CO. Blanket maintenance work for Excel Energy. Superintendent: Cody Gay. Working 5-8s. Maintenance integrity rates. Approx. completion 12-31-20.

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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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    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.
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    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.