David Butterworth and I will be traveling to New York to attend various meetings for the Northern Access Pipeline Project. The Northern Access consists of 97 miles of 24” pipeline, new lay in northern Pennsylvania and New York. These meetings are going to play a big part in the way pipelines are being permitted and looked at on a government and environmental level. If you receive a call blast to attend these meetings, do your best to attend. It will make a big difference in permitting these projects. The Rover Pipeline and the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline have received FERC approval, which means these projects should be starting up by early summer. The Mariner East (Sunoco) Pipeline should also be getting underway soon. Smaller projects are starting to pick up around the Northeast, and there should be a good amount of maintenance work to come. I hope everyone has a good 2017.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone at Steward School April 10-14 this year. If you have not made reservations, please do so ASAP, as the rooms will go fast. Let’s make this Steward School one of the best. There are a lot of our members who need to attend and see what Local 798 is all about: the lunches, the Retiree Dinner, and the Ladies of 798. The NPLA will be read in its entirety this year. We have a few members who need to sit through Black’s version of PIPELINE ETIQUETTE. Actually, we have a lot of them, so please attend.
I have been getting a lot of calls about when I’m going to retire. I’m going to make it easy. My plans are to retire after Steward School 2017. I thank Danny, Wade and the membership for allowing me to serve in the capacity of Business Agent. All of you have made my job easy in so many ways. I will continue to visit with each of you at meetings. I will also be available in any way to help in the future. David Butterworth will take over the duties in the Northeast and will do an amazing job. You are in very capable hands.
I want to thank all my fellow Business Agents, Organizers, David Barnett, and our leadership for making this job memorable. We learned from each other and learned we could depend on each other. I also want to thank my close friends and family for their support. I appreciate you more than you know. I look forward to spending more time with you. I want to thank a man who brought this union back to the forefront, Jim Moss. Jim took us all under his wing and made us understand what it means to be a union member, along with making sure the NPLA was upheld. Jim had the wisdom to bring in Danny Hendrix and in October 2006, Danny hired me as an Agent. From that day, I have not looked back. What a journey it has been. Thanks to all and God Bless.
If I can help in anyway, please call.
As Always, Be Safe! Be Proud! Be Union!
Blue Flame Pipeline:
Smithburg, WV. Five miles of 24” and three miles of 20” pipeline new lay for Antero Resources. Welder Foreman: Robert Morris. Superintendent: Cliff Frymier. Working 6- 10s. High Scale.
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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.
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.
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.
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.