The work in the Northeast has slowed down, and we look forward to the 2017 work season. Historically in the Northeast, winter work has been slow, with the exception being the winters of 2008 through 2012. This one looks to be slow like those of the past.
As for 2017, we have some major projects on the docket, including the Atlantic Bridge in New York and Connecticut, the Mariner East II in Pennsylvania, and the Rover lateral lines that run into West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Keep in mind that permits are pending on these projects, but I am hopeful that they will go in 2017. Also, a number of “unnamed” projects will take place in 2017. “Permits pending” is a phrase that we hear a lot these days in our industry. This phrase makes it hard to predict the starting dates on many of these projects.
I am glad to report that 798 is taking a proactive approach to this issue by developing a web page so that we can actively advocate for upcoming pipeline projects in our country. We received a snapshot of what this webpage can do for our Local during the December membership meeting. When this page is ready in a couple of weeks, please be sure to check it out and use it as an action tool to let your voice be heard in this new battle that is being waged against our way of life.
Wade and Danny have worked hard to get this thing going and now it is up to you, the membership, to follow through by doing your part. I feel it is now our job as a union to take full advantage of this page by using and sharing with those who are less educated about what we do. We have approximately 6,500 members and I hope that every single one of us uses this page to our advantage, and we make it grow to unimaginable heights. We had roughly 26 percent of the membership vote in our election. If that holds true in regards to our new webpage, we will fail and our voice will not be heard. The environmentalists are passionate, and we must be more passionate than they are. Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Remember these words as we move forward together as a Local union in this new environmentally challenged era of the pipeline industry.
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I am writing this report after returning from Florida. These past couple of months have been spent traveling around, meeting and greeting people, and exploring all the job opportunities that are coming up for bid in the South.
I am writing my report in route to the Colorado Water & Energy Conference. The conference will bring together U.S and Canadian senior leaders in Energy Development and Water Infrastructure planning. I am looking forward to sitting at the table with the men and women who plan infrastructure development in Colorado and throughout the West. I will do my best to relay that Local 798 is looking to be a partner in the construction of all pipelines planned for future development.
The 2018 work season has started already, and this year will be another busy one for everyone. The mainline work will again be in the Northeast to get the Marcellus and Utica Shale Natural Gas out of the gas fields to be distributed to American homes and businesses. Natural gas will be the product that keeps our members working for many years to come.
So far, 2018 is starting out like last year. Several projects have gone out for bid in Texas, but our fair contractors have had no success picking up any jobs. Everyone’s saying the same thing: the work is going cheap.