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Blue Light Report - January / February 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a Merry Christmas. As seasons go, to me, winter is a time for reflection and a time to prepare for the upcoming spring and summer.

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Overall, Pipeliners Local Union 798 has made a good impression this work season.  The main pipe gangs on the Nexus have laid out, concluding the project with a consistent low repair rate throughout. 

The Nexus compressor stations are nearly 80% complete with more station work to kick off later in the fall.  The Colerain Station was overturned from non-union Troy Construction to the fair union contractor UPI.  Also, Spectra Energy had originally scheduled non-union MG Dyess to lay 50 miles of the Nexus in Ohio, but instead gave it to Michels, another fair union contractor.   When we take care of business with skill, professionalism, and attention to detail; our united efforts pay great dividends.  This is especially proven when we include the Action Network as a tool of our trade.

Turning the tables on non-union work is a direct result of the positive influence we can have over these projects.  I have found myself using the Action Network daily.  I share the link in my emails.  I invite gas companies to join.  As you can see on our Action Network right now, we need your support telling FERC “NO” to the Riseberg Project.  Unfortunately, their intent is to use Wyoming based non-union Elkhorn Construction.  Shell Pipeline’s Falcon Project also needs to see the value of union labor.   The Falcon Pipeline is scheduled to start clearing ROW in late August, mobilizing in southwestern Pennsylvania, crossing the northern tip of West Virginia, with the majority running west through Ohio, and connecting to the Mark West plant in Cadiz.  We are working with consultants in an effort to ensure that it goes union.  This construction would provide winter man- hours for many of our members.

At the peak in 2018, we had roughly 2,000 hands in my area.  This is less than last year as the work moved further east into David Butterworth’s jurisdiction.  David is smart, well-spoken, capable, and has done an exceptional job managing so much in his area.  I’m sure this has been a stressful time for both he and his family. Danny made an excellent choice appointing Brother Butterworth.   I value him as both a colleague and a friend.

David and I had the pleasure of assisting the Ladies of 798 with a good works project in Parkersburg, WV, this summer as well.  Thank you to all the hands that supported the Hearts for the Homeless donation drive.  Being compassionate and generous are the very attributes that make 798 stand out from all the others. 

If I can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to call.


Big Inch:

Montezuma, IN.  9 anomaly repairs on 24” for Energy Transfer.  Superintendent: Chris Elliot.  Welder Foreman: Caleb Curry.  Working 6-10s.  Job complete.

Winslow, IN.  Replace 24” crossover for Midwestern Gas-ONEOK.  Superintendent: Jim Shepler.  Welder Foreman: Darrel Dunal.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-15-18.

Elwood, IN.  Road crossing relay 150’ of 22” for Energy Transfer.  Superintendent: Jim Shepler.  Welder Foreman: Roger Monk.  Working 6-10s.  Job complete.


Carlisle, IN.  1.5 miles of 30” take-up and relay plus hydrotest for ONEOK.  Superintendent: Daniel Bendickson.  Welder Foreman: Joe Foris.  Working 6-12s.  Approx. completion 8-24-18.

Alma, MI.  8 sites of 6” replacements for Wolverine.  Superintendent: Aaron Gurthrie.  Welder Foreman: Tanner Drimmel.  Working 6-10s.  Job complete.


Tipton, IN.  8” cut outs for Buckeye.  Superintendent: Dusty Lickfeig.  Welder Foreman: Brian Zapechemk.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-25-18.

Hanging H:

Barnesville, OH.  1,500’ of 24” reroute for TallGrass Energy.  Superintendent: Jeff Fox.  Welder Foreman: Jeff Featherston.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-1-18.

Henkels & McCoy:

Rochester Hills, MI.  Remove valve assembly with take-up and relay 2,200’ of 26” at Line 600 for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Gordon Donnally.  Welder Foreman: Kenneth Brewer.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-1-18.

Mt. Pleasant, MI.  Fabricate, test, and install 80’ of 16” plus 45’ of 20” for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Mike Phinney.  Welder Foreman: Robbie Keith.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-30-18.

Armada, MI.  Various ray compressor stations/storage field slug catcher for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Jeff Fate.  Welder Foreman: Pat Hammel.  Working 5-10s.  Approx. completion 10-31-18.


Evansville, IN.  Filter installation in 10 regulator stations for Vectren.  Superintendent: Jason Sutherland.  Welder Foreman: Chad Hall.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-24-18.


Cambridge, OH.  32,002’ of 12” new lay for Mark West.  Superintendent: Troy Depew.  Welder Foreman: Eulan Van Schoyek.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-30-18.


Angloa, IN.  5.6 miles of 8” for NipsCo.  Superintendent: Mark Anderson.  Welder Foreman: Jason Spurgeon.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-20-18.

Mishawaka, IN.  Install 2,575’ of 8” for NipsCo.  Superintendent: Josh Hanna.  Welder Foreman: Dave Pierce.  Working 6-10s.  Job complete.


Waterville, OH.  Install piping, mechanical and electrical scopes for the Phase 1 compressor stations for Nexus Gas.  Superintendent: Brent Shepler.  Welder Foreman: Roger Monk.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-15-18.

Minnesota Limited:

Columbus, OH.  Rebuild existing POD station and install heater for Columbia Gas of Ohio.  Superintendent: Aaron Shrontz.  Welder Foreman: Dave Kandle.  Working 5-10s.  Approx. completion 8-31-18.

Portland, IN.  Pig trap and launcher modifications for Trans Canada.  Superintendent: Aric Bjerklie.  Welder Foreman: Darrel Dunal.  Working 6-10s.  Job complete.

Topeka, IN.  4 miles of 6” new lay for NipsCo.  Superintendent: Kerry Schott.  Welder Foreman: Scott Petty.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-31-18.

Yale, MI.  Line 5 Mill Creek 30” replacement for Enbridge.  Superintendent: Tom Vorderbruggen.  Welder Foreman: Josh Nepean.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-24-18.

Hamilton, MI.  Install new 10” delivery meter station for Trans Canada.  Superintendent: Aric Bjerklie.  Welder Foreman: Kirk Quam.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 9-30-18.

PJ Steel:

Thomas Township, MI.  Fabricate and install 240’ of 24” and 210’ of 16” plus 46’ of 2” and 84’ of 1” on mainline meter runs and odorizer lines for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Larry Townsend.  Welder Foreman: Brian Golden.  Working 5-10s.  Approx. completion 8-31-18.

  1. L. Coolsaet:

Comstock, MI.  Install one mile of 12” plus launcher and receiver for Consumers Energy.  Superintendent: Jack Hill.  Welder Foreman: Derreck Dove.  Working 6-10s.  Approx. completion 8-1-18.