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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 - May / June 2020

I hope this report finds everybody and their families in good health. At the moment, it is hard to grasp what’s happening in the world.

However, we are 798 members and Americans. We are and have always been the most resilient group of people in the world. We will come out on top of this!

With that being said, I would like to begin this report by welcoming W.A. Rasic as a signatory contractor. I thank Jimmy Slavens and Mark Witt for their help to get me in touch with the right people to make this possible. W.A. Rasic is based in California. However, they currently have some work in Nevada and are always looking at more work in my jurisdiction. It seems like Kinder Morgan is set to do a fair amount of work on their Co2 and liquids side, but the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed back some of these pre-jobs. Hanging H was awarded a job for Kinder Morgan in New Mexico, and it has been pushed back as well. I’ve had a fair amount of calls asking what the work is going to be like out west this year. Before March, I was optimistic it was going to be better than last year, but to be honest, now I cannot say it will. The price of oil is definitely taking a toll on the work out west. Denbury had some work in Montana scheduled and awarded and was planning to put some 24” in Wyoming out for bid, but with oil being low and Co2 being used primarily to extract oil, both of those projects will be delayed until it is profitable again. Q & D has some work that has been awarded to them, but it sounds as if those projects may be on hold until it is safer to go to work.

Most of the natural gas projects are still moving forward. There has been quite a bit of large diameter pipe going in New Mexico and West Texas this year that I have been monitoring over the last year. I believe our fair contractors should have the opportunity to compete on that work.

In closing, if I can be of any assistance, don’t hesitate to call. Stay safe and do the best you can to keep the people around you safe!

Pre-Jobs:

Michels Pipeline:

- Phillips 66 Tie- ins. Working 5-10s. Superintendent: Ray Healy. Maintenance and Integrity. Job Complete.

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