Bluelight Northeast - Jan / Feb 2017

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. 

MORE 798 STORIES

  • Bluelight Northeast - Mar/Apr 2017
    I am writing this Blue Light report after returning from the 2017 Marcellus-Utica Conference. This year’s conference had a more positive atmosphere due to expected deregulation of the current permitting process. During the conference I listened to gas company CEOs speak about how great the demand is for Northeast Marcellus gas. When there is demand, you need supply, and that is where 798 steps in. The pipelines we build supply the gas needed as our country continues to grow and inevitably demands more energy. There are quite a few projects scheduled for this year, and in 2018 that will help with the supply vs. demand issue that we currently face.
  • Bluelight Southwest - Mar/Apr 2017
    I am writing my report from my office in Colorado where we have had a hard winter this year. Spring is starting to try to peak through, and we are all ready to get the year started off right by attending the Local Union 798 Steward School in Tulsa, OK.
  • Bluelight Midwest - Mar/Apr 2017
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, President Trump has been busy his first week on the job. Just as he promised on the campaign trail, he has pushed for the construction to finish on the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL. I’m not sure when we might see the KXL, but I feel fairly confident that the DAPL will be tied-in at the river before long. Many people, including myself, are wondering about the future pipeline permits now that FERC has only two commissioners. This board usually requires three members for a quorum to make decisions, so moving forward this board needs at least one appointment to fulfill its obligation. Even if an appointment is made, that person would have to be vetted through the Senate, which could take weeks or months. Who knows? At least six major projects totaling more than 10 billion dollars hang in the balance. This includes the Nexus, 250 miles of 36”/42”; PennEast,120 miles of 36”; and Northern Access Pipeline, 97 miles of 24”. Ten billion dollars worth of work is the exact reason we must continue to reach out through our Action Page to advocate for this infrastructure.
  • Bluelight Texas - Mar/Apr 2017
    Brothers and Sisters, I am writing this report from West Texas while checking on non-union jobs. The work out here is still slow, but a few smaller jobs are going on. It seems the drilling is starting to pick up in this area so that’s always a good sign for us. As usual, when the work slows the non-union waste no time slashing wages and good conditions are nonexistent. Many are working for contract wages with no overtime, furnishing consumables or liability insurance.