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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 Texas - May / June 2020

Right now is a strange time in the pipeline industry and also America. I am writing this Blue Light report at home when we are usually all attending Steward School. Everyone would have been in Tulsa having a good time, crawfish boils, golf, bar-b-ques, fellowship, and socializing.

Danny and Justin made the right call when the decision was made to cancel Steward School and the April meeting. It’s amazing how we take life for granted. We think times will always be good, and we will be healthy. Things can change in life very fast; you look around and think this won’t happen to you or me, or this could never happen in America. As I am writing this, the death toll went over 110,000 worldwide, 1.8 million people have tested positive for COVID-19 and gaining every day, and now the U.S. leads the world in both numbers of confirmed cases and fatalities. In the U.S., 17 million people have filed for unemployment benefits in the past four weeks. We are very fortunate and blessed in the aspect that the pipeline industry falls under the critical infrastructure of this country, so the pipeline work will still go on. 

The jobs in Texas are working every day with caution! Everyone needs to try to follow the state and county regulations as close as you possibly can. There are several large and small projects being bid in Texas that could start this summer if our contractors are awarded the contracts. Michels Pipeline was awarded a project in East Texas called the Boardwalk Index 99 Expansion -- 21.76 miles of 30”. I do not know the starting date yet. The Market Recovery is starting to help our union contractors compete in this cheap pipeline market in the South. 

If I can be of assistance to anyone, please don’t hesitate to contact me, 918-633-3435. Everyone, please stay safe and healthy in these hard times and “PRAY. May God be with us all. 

Pre-Jobs: 

Price Gregory International:  

- Conroe, TX. Run welding procedures at RMS shop for TC Energy (KXL). Superintendent: Terry McDaniel. Welder Forman: Billy Burns. Job Complete. 

- Houston, TX. Run welding procedures at CRC-Evans for TC Energy (KXL). Superintendent: Terry McDaniel. Welder Forman: Billy Burns. Job complete. 

R.M.S. Holdings, LLC.: 

- Blanco, TX. Supply mechanized welding equipment to MPG for 65 miles of 42”. Kinder Morgan (Permian Highway Pipeline). Steward: Ryan Wiggins. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 9-1-20. 

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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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