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Blue Light Report - March / April 2018

Brothers and Sisters,

Hopefully, by the time you receive this report the work this spring will have sprung. I fully expect that we will shadow our record numbers and possibly could shatter the record of 12 million manhours set back in 1968.

Could the work just dry up and disappear? If you spent your whole career in the pipeline industry, you’ve seen it go from wide open to dead still in a matter of months. It is important that you, as a member of Local 798, understand that almost every piece of fossil fuel infrastructure will be contested going forward into the future. Our opponents have developed new strategies to increase the financial risks of these pipeline projects. Blocking and stalling permits causes a viable concern for banks who finance the work. Bankers do not like risk, they like certainty. However, the strategy of delay is more than just economics. It is an opportunity for these opponents to not only raise “awareness,” but at the same time raise funds to oppose future projects.

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Action Toolkits

The toolkits below are there to help make advocating for Local 798 and pipelines across the Nation simple and easy. Each toolkit is downloadable for your convenience. Feel free to use them and share them with other Local 798 supporters and energy advocates.

  • GUIDE TO SUBMITTING AN OFFICIAL COMMENT TO FERC

    This toolkit gives instructions on how to submit a comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission using the agency’s online submission process. Your voice on specific projects is crucial to the permitting process. 

  • Drafting A letter to the editor

    This toolkit will help you write a simple and effective letter to the editor. This public way of supporting the pipeline projects is incredibly helpful way to share the benefits of pipeline construction and energy access with your community newspapers. 

  • Contacting Your elected Officials

    This toolkit will give you guidance on how to contact your state elected officials and provides messages that will help you show your support for important pipeline projects in your region.