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  • signed PennEast 102 105 Permits 2020-12-29 08:42:47 -0600

    Support the PennEast Project

    PennEast first announced its pipeline project in 2014 designed to bring approximately 1 bcf/day of natural gas from shale fields in northeastern Pennsylvania to consumers in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Taking into account numerous landowner and other stakeholder concerns, PennEast made several route modifications, and after extensive review, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the PennEast project in 2018, finding the project is in the public interest and could be constructed with minimal impact to the environment.

    Since FERC approved the project, legal issues have delayed the New Jersey section of the project. While that process plays out, PennEast has proposed a phased approach to constructing the project, whereby, with FERC and PA DEP approvals, most of the Pennsylvania route would be constructed.

    I support the PennEast pipeline. Unfortunately, legal issues have delayed the New Jersey section of the project. In order to move the project forward, PennEast has proposed a phased approach to constructing the project whereby, with FERC and PA DEP approvals, most of the Pennsylvania route may be constructed.

    The Pennsylvania portion of the pipeline would have an economic impact of over $1 billion and create thousands of direct and indirect jobs. Local 798 and every leading union organization supports the project.  

    Residences and businesses will also benefit. In just two winters in the last ten years, Pennsylvania consumers could have saved nearly $800 million in lower natural gas and electricity costs if PennEast was operational. This project is even more important at this time because neighboring states, such as New York and New Jersey, prevented many proposed natural gas infrastructure projects from moving forward, making regional pipeline constraints worse, especially during high demand periods.

    During construction, PennEast will be built with highly skilled union labor using the most up-to-date safety procedures. For example, PennEast will adopt the following processes:

    • Special coating to prevent corrosion will be placed inside and outside the high-strength, carbon steel that forms the pipeline, along with other corrosion prevention measures;
    • Periodic in-line inspections of the pipeline, which provides an important additional source of information about the condition and integrity of the pipeline;
    • X-ray of all welds and a hydrostatic pressure test will be conducted at pressures that exceed the maximum allowable operating pressure to ensure all welds can tolerate the designed operating pressures;
    • Continuous monitoring of gas pressure and flow in the pipeline, which will immediately alert technicians of any anomalies;
    • Remotely operated automated valves at locations consistent with the federal regulations;
    • Training and coordination with first responders along the project route, starting with communicating construction plans and expanding into training and coordination during ongoing operations.

    FERC and the PA DEP have conducted a rigorous review of the PennEast project. Approval of the Chapter 102 and 105 permits will provide the regulatory certainty needed to move forward and allow construction of this important pipeline project. For all of the reasons above, I support the PennEast project and urge approval of the permit applications before the PA DEP.


    PennEast Project Supporter

  • signed Line 5 Letter to the Governor 2020-12-29 08:42:36 -0600

    Tell the Whitmer Administration You Support Line 5

    The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) extended its review of Enbridge Energy’s permit applications to build Line 5 until January 2021. The extension agreed to by Enbridge is due to the EGLE’s review of 2,800 comments submitted to the department, along with around 400 comments given verbally during public meetings – many submitted by Local 798 members and advocates.

    The extension comes soon after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Enbridge to shut down Line 5 due to allegations of easement violations and environmental concerns. Gov. Whitmer gave Enbridge until May 2021 to shut it down - before the project would be finished. In response, Enbridge sued the state, stating the easement revocation violates the U.S. Constitution and asked a federal judge to block the order.

    Join Local 798, and sign the letter to Governor Whitmer sharing that you are concerned about playing politics with the energy needs and anxieties of U.S. consumers and businesses that depend on Line 5. 

    Dear Governor Whitmer:

    I continue to stand with Pipeliners Local 798 in support of Enbridge’s Line 5 Straits Tunnel Project. Shutting down the replacement of Line 5, a $500 million private investment, puts Michigan’s energy and economic future at serious risk as a result of a major disruption of the state's energy supply. 

    The concerns raised by your administration regarding Line 5 focus on the threat of an oil spill in the Straits and how that would harm the economy, environment and enjoyment of the Great Lakes. However, Enbridge continues to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining a high level of safety, including the diligent 24/7 monitoring of the Straits crossing, regular inspections and operating the line at less than 25 percent of its maximum design capabilities to minimize stress on the pipeline steel and enhance safety. Also, Enbridge has a proactive inspection program to monitor the fitness of Line 5. This includes evaluating every inch of the pipeline interior every five years using in-line inspection tools that provide detail on par with MRIs in the medical industry. Preventing this project from moving forward in light of all these protections is harmful to Michigan's energy and economic future.

    In 2018 alone, Enbridge paid nearly $8 million in base salary to Michigan employees and approximately $60 million in property taxes in the state for its energy infrastructure projects, which was then invested in schools, roads and bridges and other important public services. Line 5 will create many good paying construction jobs, secure access to reliable energy for businesses and homes across the state, and generate significant economic activity in the project area.

    The company has previously entered into agreements with the state of Michigan, outlining actions Enbridge is taking to protect the state’s water bodies within the project footprint, including implementing additional safety measures to mitigate impacts and overall increased coordination with the state regarding operations and maintenance of Line 5. Enbridge also entered into a subsequent agreement with the state that puts in place enhanced inspection and operations protocols for the project.

    Enbridge continues to address concerns raised by environmentalists and government officials in regards to the safety of Line 5 and has demonstrated a clear plan to finish construction by 2021 in order to safely and efficiently deliver energy to homes and businesses across the state. This is why I am concerned your administration continues to play politics with the employment opportunities for union workers and the energy needs of U.S. consumers and businesses that depend on Line 5. 


    Line 5 Straits Tunnel Project Supporter

    **Local 798 may submit your name to other local and state decision makers in support of Line 5.**

  • signed Governor Letter Line 3 2020-12-29 08:41:12 -0600

    Sign Our Letter to Governor Walz

    After six years of proposals, protests and legal challenges, Enbridge has secured the last permits needed from state and federal governments to finish constructing the Line 3 pipeline, bringing the project a step closer to construction.

    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has been criticized by both supporters and opponents of the project for his administration’s handling of the permitting issue. Join Local 798 in thanking his administration for helping to put pipeliners back to work in Minnesota!

    Dear Governor Walz,

    I am grateful that your administration issued the final state permits necessary to initiate construction on Enbridge’s Line 3 Replacement Project, bringing the project another step closer to construction.

    The decision by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to issue a Section 401 water quality certification under the Clean Water Act for the project, as well as a wastewater permit and an approval for an air emissions cap, is based on sound science and strikes the balance between protecting natural resources and allowing reasonable development. The MPCA’s thorough analysis ensures that necessary safeguards are in place to protect Minnesota’s waters. Notably, the 401 certification requires Enbridge to meet Minnesota’s extensive water quality standards instead of lower federal standards.

    Line 3 is an opportunity for Minnesota to welcome a multi-billion-dollar infrastructure project at no cost to the taxpayers. This project will protect Minnesota’s environment, grow its economy, and put laborers across the state back to work. As a supporter of pipeliners who are well trained and experienced in safe pipeline construction, I appreciate your administration’s willingness to end the obstruction and continue moving toward Minnesota’s energy future.

    This economic lifeline will put hundreds of pipeliners back to work, safely bring Line 3 back up to original capacity to meet the energy needs of homeowners and businesses and generate critical tax revenue in each county the project intersects, while providing a multi-billion-dollar boost to the regional economy.

    The people of Minnesota deserve the tremendous economic and energy benefits associated with this critical infrastructure project. This is why I support Line 3 and thank your administration for issuing the final approvals necessary to start construction.


    Line 3 Replacement Project Supporter