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.
Some of these Northeast projects are: Sunoco’s Mariner East 2; National Fuel’s Northern Access Project; Columbia Gas/TransCanada’s Leach Express and Mountaineer Express; Spectra’s Atlantic Bridge; Williams’ Atlantic Sunrise; and Energy Transfer’s Rover project laterals that run into West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Although I am speculating, I think Dominion’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline and EQT’s Mountain Valley Pipeline will be 2018 projects, unless the permitting process speeds up exponentially. The jobs described above are mainline projects that will have compressor stations and other various facilities we will man. I also haven’t touched on the smaller projects that go every year in this region. In my opinion, 2017 looks to be a solid year.
Rick and I will soon be traveling throughout New York to advocate for National Fuel’s Northern Access project. Even as the work picks up we can’t forget about our strategy to speak out in favor of our livelihood. At the Marcellus Conference, Williams CEO Alan Armstrong thanked 798 and several other labor organizations for our support of their Atlantic Sunrise project. We are getting noticed. I just hope that these high-level executives don’t forget about what we are doing and have done, when they assign bids on future jobs. It would serve them well to use the best Welders, Helpers and Journeyman in the world if they want their project completed on time and under budget. Let’s use 2017 to show the clients we are the best by doing our jobs in a professional manner, while keeping safety and quality at the forefront of everything we do. If we do these things, we will most assuredly prosper as a whole.
I look forward to seeing the membership soon at Steward School. If you’ve never been you need to go. I have always been told that if you are going to be a part of something, then you should actually be a part of it. Steward School is an important and unique part of what makes us who we are as a Local. Please make your travel arrangements if you haven’t already done so.
Blairs, VA. 112 miles of 30” Launcher and receiver modifications, valve replacements, gap replacements. Superintendent: Daniel Bendickson. Integrity Management paying High-Scale. Working 6-10s.
Canonsburg, PA. Replace 8.2 miles of existing 20” pipeline. Superintendent: Fred Leasure. Welder Foreman: Cody Dye. Integrity Management paying High-Scale. Working 6-10s.
Providence, RI. 2”-20” Meter and Regulation Station. Superintendent: Jim Smilikis. Welder Foreman: Steve Coraci. Station Agreement paying High-Scale. Working 6-10s.
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I want to thank everyone for their calls and letters of condolences concerning my father, Doyle Hendrix, on his passing. I was truly blessed to have him for 82 years and to have him as a mentor my whole life. His face and voice will be with me for as long as I live. I am grateful for that and grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from the membership.
I want to start by thanking every member that is doing their part to make the Action Network a success. We’ve had several opportunities lately to take action with the Cheyenne Connector Project, the Northeast Supply Enhancement, Jordan Cove Project, the Line 5 Project, and the Line 3 Project.
The current number of members on the out-of-work list is as follows: Welders – 1,287; Journeyman – 207; and Helpers – 1,655. The out-of-work numbers do not reflect the members who are working building trades and still on the out-of-work list.
401(k) Plan We frequently are asked about taking a loan against a member’s 401(k) balance. The Pipeline Industry 401(k) Plan does not allow participant loans. 401(k) loan repayment must be set up as a deduction from payroll. Due to the nature of the construction industry, working for different contractors for various time frames doesn’t allow for consistent repayment of the loan, which would cause the loan to be in default.