Neal Crabtree

  • signed SAFER Pipeline Act Petition 2021-05-11 10:54:20 -0500

    Say NO to the SAFER Pipelines Act of 2021

    In April 2021, New Jersey Representatives Bonnie Watson Colemen and Tom Malinowski introduced the Safe Accountable Federal Energy Review for (SAFER) Pipelines Act of 2021. This bill would further complicate the environmental review process for critical pipeline projects, which will cause even more permitting delays and jeopardize good-paying jobs for industry craftsmen. The representatives introduced the bill after expressing disappointment over President Biden’s support of the PennEast Pipeline Project.

    We can’t let politics jeopardize pipeliner jobs! Sign our petition below that we will submit to decision makers with a unified message: Say NO to the SAFER Pipelines Act of 2021!

    Dear Representative:

    I stand with members of Pipeliners Local 798 in opposition to the Safe Accountable Federal Energy Review for (SAFER) Pipelines Act of 2021. This bill adds seemingly duplicative steps to the already intensive environmental and safety review process, and it further complicates permitting timelines for critical pipeline projects.

    In a statement promoting the bill, Representative Coleman argued the “current process for pipeline approval lacks the necessary oversight to protect our natural environment.” This is simply not true. The current approval process requires extensive review, including consulting with environmental experts to identify security, safety and environmental issues through scoping, and preparing documents such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements. The result of these collaborations often results in significant rerouting of pipeline paths, with the goal of developing the most environmentally responsible route.

    The PennEast Pipeline Project, for example, used input from open houses, FERC scoping meetings, public forums and meetings with stakeholders to file a reroute of its original route in 2019.

    Another argument for the bill, as Representative Malinowski claimed, is that it will ensure that environmental and safety concerns “are properly heard and considered before new pipelines are approved.” However, there are multiple opportunities for public input within the current process, including after FERC issues the Notice of Application, the draft EIS and the EA. This is not to mention the public comment periods allotted in the decision-making process for state permits.  

    PennEast, in particular, spent nearly a full year in the FERC pre-filing phase hosting more than 250 meetings, including landowner-specific informational sessions, to gather input. PennEast has also remained engaged with landowners and other stakeholders throughout the permitting process, responding to more than 1,500 inquiries.

    The review requirements in the SAFER Pipeline Act of 2021 are simply unnecessary for the following key reasons:

    • Pipeline projects under the current approval process undergo extensive environmental review that requires consultation with environmental experts to identify security, safety and environmental issues through scoping, and preparing documents such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements;
    • The current process allots for multiple opportunities for public input, including open houses, public forums, town halls and digital outreach;
    • The current pipeline approval process is rigorous and exhaustive. As a result, several projects in recent years, such as PennEast, have been caught in regulatory limbo, and others have even been killed all together, denying our communities good jobs, energy access and economic growth.

    Local 798 supports legislation that respects the integrity of the underlying regulations that protect the environment and impacted communities. However, after reviewing the SAFER Pipeline Act of 2021, it is clear that this bill would only further complicate permitting timelines for critical pipeline projects, jeopardizing jobs for industry craftsmen and denying communities much-needed economic activity. This is why I urge our nation’s decision makers to vote No on this bill.


    Supporter of the American Energy Industry

  • Stand with 798 Member in Support of Keystone XL

    Local 798 member and third-generation pipeliner Jason Jernigan recently wrote an editorial urging President Biden to reconsider his revocation of the 2019 Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Stand with Jason, and add your name to the below letter that we will submit to the president and other decision makers who need to hear why this project is so important, particularly to the craftsmen who depend on energy infrastructure projects like KXL for their livelihood.

    Dear President Biden:

    I am a pipeline worker. My father was a pipeline worker. My grandfather was a pipeline worker. My family has been on the frontlines of the energy industry for a combined 91 years. It’s in our blood.

    I have worked on hundreds of pipeline projects across the country including the Dakota Access Pipeline, Millennial Pipeline, Mountain Valley Pipeline and the Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline. Like my father was before me, I have been part of the Pipeliners Union 798 since 1999 and have been hard at work since 18 years old.

    I’ve spent my entire adult life learning this industry. I have developed my skill set to keep my good-paying job in order to pay bills and put food on the table for my family.

    After President Biden signed the Executive Order to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline on January 20, 2021, he essentially signed my pink slip. I was planning to begin work in March, laying pipes across an 80-mile spread in Montana. Now at age 45, I have to start all over.

    As John Kerry stood up in the briefing room, he promised we would all be placed in new jobs as solar or wind technicians. I figured it was just a pipe dream. And, so far, I have been proven right. No one from the Biden administration has reached out to me, or anyone in Pipeliners Union 798 to offer us a new job, or give guidance on how we can train for one.

    I was earning $53 an hour, a wage I’ve worked my entire life to reach. After researching solar power jobs, I found on average they are paid $17 an hour. That’s a $35 an hour pay cut. They are not good paying, as Kerry promised, but sadly many of us do not have a choice.

    Biden campaigned on creating jobs, yet he killed mine — along with 11,000 other pipeline workers on Day One of his administration. He pledged to work across the aisle and keep an open mind, but didn’t take time to learn the real environmental impact — or even hear from people in his own party who support the Keystone XL pipeline.

    The irony in all of President Biden’s decisions here is the reason for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline will somehow help in addressing the risks of climate change and protecting the environment. In reality, transporting energy products by pipeline is much safer than by rail or truck where there is a much greater likelihood of oil spills or other accidents. President Biden runs the risk of contributing to potential environmental damages if pipeline transport from Keystone or other pipelines are halted. The blocking of the pipeline will also not magically reduce demand for America’s energy supply and the consequence will be further dependence on the Middle East and Russia to fuel our energy needs.

    Mr. President, I am asking you to reconsider your decision. I speak for several of my fellow union workers at Pipeliners Union 798, some I have worked alongside for the past twenty years. We are real, hardworking Americans who care deeply about our families and communities. Please don’t take our jobs away.


    Jason Jernigan & the Following American Energy Industry Supporters

    **This letter was published as in opinion editorial in the Billings Gazette on March 17, 2021.**


  • signed Permian Global Access Pipeline 2021-05-05 08:00:01 -0500

    Support Texas Pipeliners

    The Permian Global Access Pipeline (PGAP) is expected to submit the 7(c) Natural Gas Certificate Application with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) this year. The project was proposed in 2017 as part of Tellurian LNG's strategy to form a $7 billion pipeline network, along with the proposed Driftwood Liquified Natural Gas Terminal in Louisiana, supporting 15 thousand jobs in Texas and Louisiana.

    Help secure jobs for local pipeliners! Sign the below petition that we will submit to FERC and other decision makers at the appropriate time.

    I support the Permian Global Access Pipeline (PGAP), a critical investment in the Texas and Louisiana natural gas infrastructure network that will provide good jobs for Local 798 members and increase regional access to reliable, domestically sourced energy.

    Once in service, the project will be an integral part of the proposed Tellurian Pipeline Network, which represents a $7 billion investment in the region's economic and energy future, including the creation of approximately 15 thousand jobs in Texas and Louisiana. Many of these jobs belong to the hard-working members of Local 798, a trades union representing some of the nation’s most skilled and dedicated craftsmen.

    I support the Permian Global Access Pipeline for the following key reasons:

    • the project team is incorporating all the most current federal standards into the design and operations of the pipeline, and in many instances, these standards will be exceeded to ensure the safest and most reliable system;
    • the pipeline will be monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure ongoing safety;
    • once in service, PGAP will help meet the region's growing energy demands, as it is designed to transmit 2 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from West Texas to the Lake Charles area by late 2023 or early 2024;
    • as part of the Tellurian Pipeline Network, PGAP will contribute to billions of dollars in state and local tax revenue, as well as an estimated 15 thousand jobs for regional construction workers.

    Due to the reasons listed above, I urge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and other regulatory agencies to issue necessary permits for this critical project without delay.


    Permian Global Access Pipeline Supporter

  • signed SCALE Act Petition 2021-05-05 07:58:11 -0500

    Tell Congress: Support the SCALE Act

    The Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act is a landmark bill that would invest billions of dollars in CO2 transport and storage infrastructure. The SCALE Act authorizes $4.9 billion in spending over five years for the development of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure to boost investment in carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) projects.

    Sign our below petition calling on Congress to support the bi-partisan SCALE Act to promote Carbon Capture and the associated infrastructure essential for the United States to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century.

    I fully support the Storing CO2 and Lowering Emissions (SCALE) Act because it authorizes $4.9 billion in spending over five years for the development of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure to boost investment in carbon capture utilization and sequestration (CCUS) projects.

    The SCALE Act would enable CO2 transport and storage infrastructure required to scale up carbon capture, removal, use and storage across domestic industries, including those that are difficult to decarbonize. Carbon capture is a key technology for maintaining good manufacturing jobs as the global economy decarbonizes to move towards the industry of the future. The SCALE Act enables the buildout of CO2 transport and storage infrastructure, with Buy America requirements, that is necessary for large-scale deployment of carbon capture at industrial facilities across our vast country.

    The SCALE Act would give the federal government tools to enable US leadership on critical technology innovation and deployment in industries across the economy. The bill focuses on these key areas:

    1. The establishment of the CO2 Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (CIFIA) program to finance shared CO2 transport infrastructure. The CIFIA program is modeled after existing programs for highway and waterway infrastructure development. It offers low-interest loans for CO2 transport infrastructure and grants to develop CO2 pipeline capacity.
    2. Authorizes the Department of Energy (DOE) to provide grants to states and municipalities for procurement of carbon utilization products for infrastructure projects.
    3. Authorizes funding for a cost-sharing program through the DOE for the development of commercial geologic storage sites.
    4. Authorizes increased funding for the EPA for permitting Class VI CO2 storage wells and provides grants for states to establish their own Class VI permitting programs to streamline the CO2 storage process.

    The climate crisis provides us with an opportunity to utilize the wealth of resources rural America has to offer and create good-paying jobs to grow the economy. Through the SCALE Act, we can advance carbon capture technology and develop infrastructure to create a cleaner environment and create jobs. Please support the SCALE act, and help invest in lowering carbon emissions.

  • signed PennEast Pipeline via 2021-03-16 11:59:05 -0500

    Support PennEast Pipeline

    The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding an eminent domain case pitting the State of New Jersey against the PennEast Pipeline Co. after hearing oral arguments in April 2021. In anticipation of possible advocacy opportunities on this front, add your name to our petition supporting this important project.

    Natural gas has contributed billions to the national economy. The Northeast has emerged as a critical region in our country’s energy future. Pennsylvania and New Jersey are poised to be leading energy producing states. Yet, it is well documented that the region does not have the necessary infrastructure to connect these states’ gas production with consuming markets. 

    The PennEast Pipeline will bring affordable, clean natural gas supplies to families and businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, while providing a welcomed economic boost to the region. The infrastructure is expected to generate more than $1.6 billion in short-term economic impact, followed by hundreds of millions in annual savings to electric and natural gas customers. This is not to mention the increased tax revenues and hundreds of millions of dollars in savings consumers will enjoy when they switch to natural gas.

    There is clearly a growing demand for energy and as we look to resources to meet that demand, natural gas makes the most sense. It's reliable, cost-effective, and best of all - it's right here in our own backyard. Americans are eager for complete independence from foreign oil, and while renewable energy is a respectable long-term goal, we are not at a point where renewables are a viable option. Families simply cannot afford the costs, and our power grid cannot bank on an unreliable power source that is unable to meet our current power needs, let alone the power demands of future generation.

    PennEast Pipeline is a multi-billion-dollar private investment the Northeastern energy infrastructure, providing an opportunity to put thousands of our local laborers to work, and helping millions of Americans gain access to affordable, reliable, environmentally responsible and domestically produced energy. The benefits associated with PennEast are exactly why elected officials work so hard to develop strategies for safe and responsible pipeline development that will bring resources to hungry markets in the Commonwealth and beyond.

    I believe it is critical to the economic and energy future of our communities that our elected officials and decision makers fully recognize the significance of this proposed infrastructure. Please support the PennEast Pipeline, and encourage the completion of this project without delay.

  • signed Be an Energy Voter Petition via 2021-01-30 20:29:45 -0600

    Pledge To Be An Energy Voter

    With the right leadership and vision, we can ensure all Americans benefit from our nation’s emergence as an energy leader. It’s time to fulfill our bright energy future; it’s time to vote for candidates that support Local 798 jobs and the work that we do.

    Join Local 798 by signing the petition and becoming an Energy Voter.

    I understand the urgent need for clean, affordable and domestically sourced energy in my community, across my state and in throughout the nation. That is why I stand with political candidates and elected officials who show their support for an energy pipeline network that will safely and efficiently transport the nation’s abundant supply of domestic natural gas and oil supplies.

    America is leading the world in oil and natural gas production. Working together, we can do even more. Producing, refining and transporting more domestic oil and natural gas will mean more abundant energy – and that means more affordable energy for American families and businesses.

    We know there is enough potential domestic energy to serve all residential, business and industrial needs across the country. Yet, support for critical energy infrastructure is lacking among our political leaders.

    To support my livelihood, my family and my community, I will enter the voting booth informed about how political leaders stand on the issue of energy infrastructure development. I will do my part to help elect leaders who recognize the tremendous benefits of and need to grow our energy transportation network and who support the union workforce that will build it.


    American Energy Industry Supporter

Neal Crabtree

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