Mary Elson

  • signed Keystone XL AG Letter via 2021-02-18 14:21:41 -0600

    Tell Attorneys General You Support Keystone XL

    On February 9, 2021, a group of 14 state attorneys general sent a letter to President Biden urging him to reconsider his revocation of the 2019 Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the president’s decision will harm thousands of American workers, as well as the country at large.

    Sign our letter below to the attorneys general of the remaining 36 states, and tell them why this project is vital to America's construction workforce.

    Dear Attorneys General:

    As the chief legal officers of your states, we write to you with serious concerns regarding the Biden Administration's unilateral and rushed decision to revoke the 2019 Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. This decision will result in devastating damage to many of your states and local communities. Even those states outside the path of the Keystone XL pipeline—indeed all Americans—will suffer serious, detrimental consequences. 

    The real-world costs to your states are devastating. Nationally, this decision will eliminate thousands of well-paying jobs, many of them union jobs. Thousands of displaced workers and their families can’t let go of the prospect of Keystone XL. Aspirations like green jobs don’t put food on the table, or pay the phone bill, or put kids through college.   

    The pipeline would run 285 miles through Montana, crossing through six counties. Montana businesses, local governments and utilities have made substantial investments in preparation for the pipeline, which are now rendered lost by Biden’s action. As a result, energy bills for some Montanans’ are likely to increase, and schools and local governments in eastern Montana will lose out on much-needed revenue.  

    The Keystone XL pipeline provides the safest means of transporting oil and natural gas over long distances. Not only is this project using and making massive investments in green and renewable energy sources, it’s on target to be carbon-neutral by 2023. And importantly, the pipeline would increase American consumers’ access to alternative low-cost energy sources. This decision should not have been made so hastily. The United States is finally energy independent. Beyond increased production, our energy industry has made major, market-driven advances in cleanly and safely developing and transporting fossil fuels. The Keystone XL project is no exception.  

    America needs every possible tool to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis stronger and more secure. As leaders in your state, you have the ability to correct the course of the alarming effects that stopping Keystone XL has on states, local communities, families and workers. 

    Please join Montana’s Attorney General Austin Knudsen and a coalition of 14 attorneys general and call on President Joe Biden to reconsider his unilateral revocation of the 2019 Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.

    Signed,

    Keystone XL Project Supporter 

  • signed SB 33 Thank You Letter via 2021-01-27 16:22:27 -0600

    Thank Governor DeWine for Standing Up for Pipeliners

    Governor Mike DeWine has signed Senate Bill 33, which protects critical infrastructure, like the oil and gas pipelines that we construct, from pipeline protestors. More than a dozen states have passed similar bills in the past several years, as opposition demonstrations have continued to center on energy facilities.

    Sign the letter below to Governor DeWine, and thank him for his support of the pipeline industry.

    Dear Governor DeWine,

    I am grateful that your administration demonstrated support for the pipeline industry by signing Senate Bill 33 into law.

    The facilities that are often targeted by such actions highlighted in SB 33 provide essential energy, communications and other vital services and products to the entire state of Ohio and, in some cases, the country, as several sections of national critical infrastructure cross our state.

    This bill is important to the work our nation's industry craftsmen do, as they tirelessly construct safe and efficient pipelines to meet the needs of communities across Ohio and the nation. Local 798 members and other workers will benefit from this protective measure for years to come as they work on important pieces of energy infrastructure that serve residents in Ohio and around the country.

    Thank you for creating a new civil cause of action for willfully causing damage to critical infrastructure facilities and providing for increased fines on groups complicit in such offenses.

    Pipeliners know first-hand how environmental protests over pipelines and other installations negatively impact the work they do and their livelihood. This is why I thank you for the support of this industry and protecting the infrastructure our nation's craftsmen work so hard to build.

    Sincerely,

    American Energy Industry Supporter

  • commented on PennEast Project 2020-12-16 17:44:51 -0600
    I support the pipeline

    PennEast Project

    About the project

    A nearly $1 billion investment, this 120-mile underground pipeline will originate in Dallas, Luzerne County, in northeastern Pennsylvania, and terminate at Transco’s interconnection near Pennington, New Jersey. It will serve to reduce energy costs and support thousands of jobs with clean-burning, American energy. Ultimately, the PennEast Pipeline will help utilities deliver this affordable energy source to families and businesses in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    Click here to view the project page.

  • signed Governor Letter Line 3 2021-02-03 19:18:53 -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.

    Signed, 

    Line 3 Replacement Project Supporter

Mary Elson

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