Bluelight Northeast - July 2017

I am writing this Blue Light Report after a week of pre-jobbing in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The work continues to be strong and I am excited about the future work outlook. The next major project on the horizon is Williams Transco’s Atlantic Sunrise Project. This project is 183 miles of 30”, 36” and 42” pipe and it includes five meter stations, and two compressor stations with facility modifications in five states. The majority of this project will be done union, and we have been advocating for this project to go for over two years.

The final hurdle in the permitting process is the PA Water and Wetland Encroachment Permits. The PA DEP is holding public hearings throughout Pennsylvania in June. Wade and I will be attending some of these meetings, and I expect to see a large turnout from the membership as well. The FERC meetings last year in Lancaster, PA, were dominated by the environmental extremists, and I hope we turn the tide during this next round of meetings.

The current jobs we have going are in the process of manning up or are close to being manned at this point. Manning these jobs this year has been difficult, but they are being manned and we are going to overcome the challenge of an over-abundance of work. If there ever was a time to save your money, this is it. We may never see another time like this again, so save your money for the slow times when they hap- pen because they do happen. If you do this, you won’t have to go help those who practice unorganized labor, or be so reliant to a contractor that you will do things that go against our hard-fought conditions.

To those who have just joined our Local I want to say, “Welcome.” You have been given a golden opportunity to provide a good living for your families and to work toward a retirement and healthcare. It is up to you to make the most out of the gift you have just been given. Take membership seriously and understand the impor- tance of joining the best Pipeline Local in the world. To paraphrase JFK, “Ask not what your Union can do for you, ask what you can do for your Union.” For a union to be successful, the entire membership must be moving in the same direction. For long-time members like myself, that direction is clear: to be the most prompt, pro- fessional and hardest working men and women in the entire pipeline industry. If you don’t see it that way, then maybe you are in the wrong union. But if you do, you will become a vital part of the engine that drives the pipeline industry.


Alex E. Paris Contracting:

Atlasburg, PA. Additional 4.84 miles of 20”. Superintendent: Andy Cilia. Welder Foreman: Bobby Bell. Mainline rates. Working 5-10s. Approx. completion (Ongoing Blanket).

Apex Pipeline Services:

Leesburg, VA. 1,400’ of 30” steel new-lay. Superintendent: Roman McKown. Welder Foreman: Matt Myers. Mainline rates. Working 5-11s. Approx. comple- tion 6-2-17.

Appalachian Pipeline Contractors:

Linden, PA. 15 miles of 24” Hydro-testing. Superintendent: Ben Gruetzmacher. Welder Foreman: John Shuff. Integrity Management rates. Working 6-10s. Approx. completion 8-1-17.

Appellation Prefab LLC:

Mansfield, PA. 4 hot taps 30” & 24” split-tees and 2 2” split-tees. (Phase I) Superintendent: Robert Alan Truman. Welder Foreman: Ryan Aikey (LU 520). Integrity Management paying high-scale. (Job Complete)

Middlebury Center, PA. 36” Interconnect valuing system, launcher, receiver. (Phase 2) Superintendent: Robert Alan Truman. Welder Foreman: Stalin George. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 9-1-17.

Blue Flame Pipeline, LLC:

Smithburg, WV. Additional 7.8 miles of 24”. Superintendent: Cliff Frymier. Welder Foreman: Bradley Smith. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 8-1-17.

B Miller Excavating Inc.: 

Beaver Falls, PA. 7,000’ of 20” Take-up and Relay. Superintendent: Bryan Rizar. Welder Foreman: Alex Yoak. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 6-31-17.

Westfield, PA. 2,600’ of 26” and 600’ of 20” Take-up and Relay. Superintendent: Kenny Conley. Welder Foreman: Jeff Whitmore. Mainline rates. Approx. comple- tion 7-1-17.

Bond Bros. Inc.:

Burrillville, RI. Prefab and Install of piping for 2 meter stations in CT. Superintendent: James Comeau. Welder Foreman: Jeff Stockwell. Station rates paying High-Scale. Approx. completion 9-1-17.

Charps, LLC:

Scottsville, VA. 30” Maintenance Work. Superintendent: Mike Phinney. Welder Foreman: Tanner Dremmel. Integrity Management paying High-Scale. Approx. completion 7-15-17.

Contractor Rentals Corp.:

Charleroi, PA. 3.1 miles of 16” new-lay. Superintendent: Chuck Barnett. Welder Foreman: Mike Smith. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 7-1-17.

GPL Construction Inc.:

Wallingford, CT. 5 miles of 16” new-lay (Street work). Superintendent: Micheal Gaudette. Welder Foreman: Ken Jones. Special Agreement paying High-Scale. Approx. completion 11-3-17.

Henkels & McCoy Inc.:

Selkirk, NY. 1.3 miles of 36” in NY; 3.8 miles of 36” in MA; 8.3 miles of 24” in CT. Superintendent: Dave Csepegi. Welder Foreman: Tim Hathaway. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 9-15-17.

Honesdale, PA. 12.9 miles of 36” new-lay. Superintendent: Chad Simmons. Welder Foreman: Jason Steed. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 9-31-17.

Infrasource Construction LLC:

Front Royal, VA. 10,500’ of 20” new-lay. Superintendent: Jason Nash. Welder Foreman: Jay Wyatt. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 10-31-17.

Kirila Contractors Inc.:

Tidioute, PA. 2 miles of 6” new-lay and 1.7 miles of 6” take-up. Superintendent: Ronald Kirila. Welder Foreman: Ted Hazelet. Special Agreement. Approx. completion 6-20-17.

LMC Industrial Contractors: 

Georgetown, NY. 6 mainline tie-ins; 1,800’ of 36”; 3,000’ of 42”. Superintendent: Chris Rizzieri. Welder Foreman: Todd Barrett (LU 520). Mainline Rates. Approx. completion 8-31-17.

Owego, NY. Upgrade of gas piping to the mainline 30” & 24”. Superintendent: Chris Rizzieri. Welder Foreman: Lloyd Key (LU 13). Mainline rates. Approx. completion 6-15-17.

R.L. Coolsaet Construction Co.:

Marietta, PA. Take-up and relay 900’ of 36”, 300’ of 30”, 300’ of 24”. Superintendent: Randy Recker. Welder Foreman: Jim Cook (LU 85). Mainline rates. Approx. completion 7-15-17.

Rockford Corporation:

Montrose, PA. Launcher and Receiver Maintenance, 19.24 miles of 24”, 4.42 miles of 20”, 2.77 miles of 16”. Superintendent: Kevlin Shaw. Welder Foreman: Jesse Davis. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 11-15-17.

Otis Eastern Service LLC:

Lebanon, PA. Anomaly digs in 12 PA counties. Superintendent: Skip Holley. Welder Foreman: Billy Dufford. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 10-1-17.

Price Gregory International Inc.: 

Ashland, KY (WH) Working in WV and OH. 15,348’ of 36”, 6,188 HHD, 9,160’ of 36” new-lay plus fab. Superintendent: Gary Pelham. Welder Foreman: Jeff Doyle. Approx. completion 10-1-17.

Ellicot City, MD. Atlantic Sunrise Compressor Station 190 HP Expansion. Superintendent: Darryl Ditterline. Welder Foreman: Andy Hess. Station Agreement paying High-Scale. Approx. completion 10-31-17.

Mansfield, PA. 15.1 miles of 36”. Superintendent: Jack Burch. Welder Foreman: Dave Ferguson. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 10-15-17.

Danbury CT. Removal of 12,952’ of 26”; Install 12,952’ of 42”. Superintendent: Buck Hines. Welder Foreman: Jerry Haynes. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 10-15-17.

Precision Pipeline, LLC: 

Tioga, PA. 30,000’ of 8” Flexsteel, 4,100’ of 8” steel, 240’ of 6” steel. Superintendent: Bill Ekleberry. Welder Foreman: Keith Carroll. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 8-31-17.

McMechen, WV. Majorsville Lateral (Rover Project) 23.5 miles of 24”. Superintendent: Mark Wright. Welder Foreman: Harry Houser. Mainline rates. Approx. completion. 11-1-17.

The Hillis Group, LLC:

Watsontown, PA. 7,000 of 24” replacements, 13 miles of hydro-testing, 3 valve change outs. Superintendent: Jimmy Hoy. Welder Foreman: Steve Yost. Integrity Management paying High-Scale. Approx. completion 8-24-17.

Welded Construction, LP:

Washington, PA. 26.6 miles of 20” and 1,873’ of 12” new-lay for ME2. Superintendent: Landon Duncan. Welder Foreman: Anthony Loggins. Mainline rates. Approx. completion 8-15-17.


  • Bluelight Report - July 2017
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, It is a great time to be a pipeliner in Local 798. With over two million man hours worked this year, I would say that the work season is off to a fantastic start. The great news is that the work doesn’t appear to show signs of slowing down anytime soon. After seeing a record-breaking number of man hours worked in April, I predict that this will be a trend for the coming months as well. With that in mind, we must do our best to fulfill our obligation to our fair contractors. To fulfill our end of the bargain, we have nearly exhausted the Out-of-Work Lists and have heavily utilized the application list. In doing so, we have taken in many new members this year and will continue to do that to man the work. I ask that our long-time members welcome these new Brothers and Sisters to our membership and set the bar high for what it truly means to be a Local 798 member.
  • Bluelight Report - July 2017
    Dear Brothers and Sisters, I would like to begin my remarks today by thanking everyone who has stepped up and helped man our work. These are indeed historical times for our Local due to the sheer volume of members we are sending out to these jobs. And I am also excited about the new members we are receiving during this time. It is our responsibility to welcome and educate these new members on the standards of becoming a UA member. Black Schroeder and Guy Williams gave excellent presentations at Steward School. These presentations can be viewed on our website,, under the media tab. I would like to highlight just a few key points. Pipeline etiquette is making others feel comfortable by the way you behave, and thinking of others before yourself, because people will remember how you made them feel, whether good or bad. We must practice this belief on and off the ROW. It must become ingrained in us to treat others with respect and to be kind in our dealings with others. The etiquette of business is a set of written and unwritten rules of conduct: show up on time; be drug and alcohol free; help fellow members in time of need; support unionism and the oath of obligation; protect UA work; and protect the UA constitution and abide by it. Remember there is a proper chain of command when dealing with issues on the ROW. Always start with the Welder Foreman, then proceed to the Job Steward, then to the Business Agent if needed. Any type of harassment on the job will not be tolerated, neither will any type of disrespect to the Welder Foreman, Job Steward, or any UA member. Many people become UA members because they expect to be treated fairly, and are willing to abide by our code of conduct.
  • Bluelight Dispatch - July 2017
    The work exploded April 10, 2017. We had the largest order EVER for one day. During my two years as Dispatcher, we’ve had 65, 73 or 80 dispatches to perform in a day. On April 10, 2017, we had orders for 150 people, approximately 50 welders and 100 helpers. It stayed at that volume for over a week. During the surge in 2008, we only had one or two days of 100 dispatches.
  • Bluelight Mid Atlantic - July 2017
    I am writing this report from home. The work, as you know, is great. We are having a hard time filling some of these jobs, so I encourage you, if you aren’t already working, to apply for jobs on the Job Line. We need everyone’s help in manning these jobs because if we don’t man the work, the non-union will. Let’s not let the non-union get any stronger than they already are. The work in my area is manned up for now, but I am still sending in a few hands on the special agreement work.