Gary Fain

  • commented on Mountain Valley 2021-06-30 06:21:50 -0500
    We all know the nation needs to look to the future for energy production; however, we must NOT BURN our BRIDGES BEHIND US! Don’t stop current production until future sources (renewable) have been reliable and sufficient to meet the nation’s needs.


    Mom would have said “Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face.”

    Mountain Valley

    About the project

    In May 2021, U.S. pipeline company Equitrans Midstream Corp. announced the venture building the Mountain Valley Pipeline from West Virginia to Virginia delayed its startup to the summer of 2022 and boosted its estimated cost to $6.2 billion.

    In Oct. 2019, FERC ordered MVP to “cease immediately” all work on the project until questions raised by the latest legal challenge are resolved. This pushed the expected completion date to the end of 2020. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is also tasked to decide whether to re-issue crucial permits in Virginia and West Virginia.

    On Aug. 29 2018, FERC authorized MVP to resume construction and restoration on a significant portion of the project in Virginia and West Virginia. The authorization does not apply to federally owned lands for which MVP has not yet obtained the rights-of-way and temporary use permits.

    As proposed, the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) project is a natural gas pipeline system that spans approximately 303 miles from northwestern West Virginia to southern Virginia – and as an interstate pipeline will be regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

    With a vast supply of natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shale production, the Mountain Valley Pipeline is expected to provide up to two million dekatherms per day of firm transmission capacity to markets in the Mid- and South Atlantic regions of the United States.

    As currently planned, the pipeline will be up to 42 inches in diameter and will require approximately 50 feet of permanent easement (with 125 feet of temporary easement during construction). In addition, the project will require three compressor stations, with identified locations in Wetzel, Braxton, and Fayette counties of West Virginia.

    Click here to view the project website.

  • signed Be an Energy Voter Petition 2021-06-30 06:15:00 -0500

    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.

    Sincerely,

    American Energy Industry Supporter

  • signed Petition Line 3 Replacement 2021-06-29 18:36:45 -0500

    Sign the Line 3 Support Petition

    We have submitted the below petition to various decision makers during the permitting process for Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project. The most recent submission was in July 2021 to President Joe Biden with 6,261 signatures urging his administration to honor key permits for Line 3 amid pressure from opposition groups for revocation or suspension.

    Further delay on this critical project jeopardizes thousands of jobs, many belonging to Local 798 members. We will continue to collect signatures on this petition in anticipation of new advocacy opportunities. Add your name now!

    I proudly support the Line 3 Replacement Project. Once in operation, Line 3 will provide a much-needed update to Enbridge’s Mainline System, ensuring that it continues to safely transport energy required to meet growing demands from eastern Canada to the Gulf Coast.

    The project has already undergone unprecedented environmental review, culminating with the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which was based on the most extensive environmental study of a pipeline project in Minnesota state history. After careful review of the FEIS, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved the certificate of need, route permit and environmental review for the project, and I believe other permitting agencies should offer similar support for the following key reasons:

    • Enbridge has demonstrated plans to restore 99.98% of the potential wetland impacts during construction;
    • Replacing aging infrastructure is critical in order to safely meet the region’s growing demand for reliable energy;
    • Construction will support approximately 1,500 jobs in Minnesota alone;
    • Project activity will generate critical tax revenue in each county the project intersects while providing a multi-billion-dollar boost to the regional economy.

    The people of North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin deserve the tremendous economic and energy benefits associated with this critical infrastructure project. This is why I support the Line 3 Replacement Project and urge swift approval of necessary permits and certifications.

    Signed, 

    Line 3 Replacement Project Supporter


    **Local 798 may submit your signature to state and federal regulatory bodies, elected officials and other decision makers in support of the Line 3 Replacement project.**

Gary Fain

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