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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.

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The Keystone XL (KXL) Pipeline is a 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline running from Hardisty, Alberta to Steel City, Nebraska. Once complete, KXL will allow market hubs in the Midwest and as far south as Texas access to approximately 1.1 million barrels of crude oil daily. This is nearly double the capacity of the current Keystone system. The $7 billion pipeline expansion will spark tremendous economic growth, support thousands of jobs for local laborers, generate millions in annual property tax revenue and strengthen American energy security. 

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