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  • signed Matterhorn CEO Letter 2022-06-26 19:47:50 -0500

    Sign Our Letter to WhiteWater's CEO

    WhiteWater Midstream, LLC’s Matterhorn Express Pipeline is seeking permits necessary to begin service in late 2024. This is a significant investment in Texas' natural gas network: an approximately 490-mile, 42-inch intrastate pipeline designed to transport up to 2.5 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d) of natural gas from the Permian Basin to the Katy area near Houston, Texas.

    The company's interest in hiring union workers for Matterhorn Express is currently unclear. As this project moves through the permitting process, it's important that we send a message to WhiteWater Midstream leadership of the importance of hiring union workers - particularly Local 798 members - as well as the tremendous efforts our members and supporters consistently put forth to advocate for pipeline projects.

    Sign our letter that we will submit to WhiteWater Chief Executive Officer Christer Rundolf telling him to look to union members to work on Matterhorn Express.

    Dear Mr. Rundolf:

    As a community member concerned with the safety and quality of energy infrastructure, my hope is that you will consider using union craftsmen, particularly members of Pipeliners Local 798, to construct the Matterhorn Express Pipeline. Local 798 represents thousands of the best workers in this industry, more than 1,000 of whom live and work in Texas. 

    Local 798 has generations of experience constructing quality infrastructure that connects communities to critical energy resources. These projects include Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project, the Mountain Valley Pipeline, Nexus Pipeline, among numerous others. I can assure you there is no better team to construct the Matterhorn Express Pipeline than Local 798. 

    I understand that hiring contractors working with unions can increase your initial bottom line. However, I believe you can agree that a price tag cannot be placed on quality, safety and professionalism. Local 798 has a strong track record of fostering safe workplaces, protecting the environment and building strong communities in the places that intersect their projects. 

    Local 798 also has an impressive record of orchestrating advocacy campaigns for pipeline projects. Since launching the American Pipeline Action Network in 2017, members have driven tens of thousands of fellow members and industry supporters to sign petitions, contact elected officials and regulators and take other actions to support important infrastructure projects and to influence legislation impacting their livelihood.

    The Matterhorn Express Pipeline project provides critical opportunities for union craftsmen right here in Texas who depend on these jobs to provide for their families. If given the opportunity, Local 798 will help build a safe and environmentally protective pipeline. Please trust in their abilities and the benefits that can be realized by extending a hand to Local 798.

    Signed,

    [Names below] 

  • signed driftwood deis comment via 2022-06-08 07:27:49 -0500

    Comment Period Ends July 5: Sign our Comment to FERC

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is accepting public comments on its draft Environmental Impact Statement for Tellurian's Driftwood Line 200 and Line 300 pipeline project, which is designed to supply gas to Tellurian’s proposed Driftwood LNG terminal in Louisiana. 

    Sign our comment supporting this important project that we will submit to FERC before the public comment period ends on Tuesday, July 5. 

    RE: Docket Nos. CP21-465-000, CP21-465-001, CP21-465-002; Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Driftwood Line 200 and 300 Pipeline Project

    Dear Secretary:

    I am submitting this comment in support of Tellurian's Driftwood Line 200 and Line 300 project, an investment of more than a billion dollars in the southeast region's natural gas infrastructure network. This dual pipeline project will provide essential increased access to Haynesville sourced natural gas, helping to meet the growing demand for this clean-burning energy source.

    In its DEIS, FERC concluded that project impacts would "not be significant" assuming that Driftwood implements its impact avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures and adheres to FERC recommendations. I see no reason why FERC would come to a different conclusion for its final EIS given that Driftwood has a proven track record of building and operating pipelines that prioritize safety for its employees, contractors and surrounding communities. Like all Driftwood projects, the Line 200 and Line 300 project is designed to meet or exceed state and federal safety requirements.

    I believe this project should receive necessary permits for the following key reasons:

    • FERC concluded in its DEIS that project impacts would "not be significant" given Driftwood's implementation of its impact avoidance, minimization and mitigation measures and adherence to the commission's recommendations;
    • Once in operation, the project will increase critical access to locally sourced natural gas, providing reliable energy and supporting efforts to lower carbon emissions;
    • It will support approximately 1,500 jobs during construction and several permanent jobs for local craftsmen;
    • Construction is expected to generate $4.9 million in tax revenue, which can be invested in libraries, public parks and other community services.

    Due to the reasons discussed above, I urge FERC and other decision makers to issue necessary permits for the Line 200 and Line 300 project without delay so the residents, business owners and workers can enjoy the many associated benefits.

    Signed,

    [Names below]

  • signed GTN XPress Project Petition via 2022-04-07 19:26:04 -0500

    Comment Period Ends August 22: Sign Our Petition to FERC

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is accepting comments on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the GTN XPress Project, a critical investment in the Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline infrastructure network in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. The project, which specifically includes modifications and upgrades to compressor stations along the pipeline, will help meet growing regional needs for natural gas while supporting good jobs for local craftsmen. TC Energy has requested that the FERC approve the project by mid-October 2022.

    Sign our project support petition below that we will submit to FERC before the comment period ends on August 22.

    RE: Docket No. CP22-2-000; GTN XPress Project Draft Environmental Impact Statement

    Dear Secretary:

    I stand with Pipeliners Local 798 in support of TC Energy’s Gas Transmission Northwest Pipeline (GTN) XPress Project. This is a $335 million investment in the natural gas infrastructure and delivery network in Oregon, Washington and Idaho that will help meet increased market demand across the region.

    As the company’s largest pipeline investment, GTN currently provides a critical service delivering reliable, cost-effective natural gas from Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains to local utilities and facilities across the Pacific Northwest and California. The GTN XPress Project will ensure this system continues to safely deliver this energy source to families and businesses across the region.

    I support the GTN XPress Project for the following key reasons:

    • Projects like this are necessary to meet the region’s growing demand for clean-burning natural gas, which has made up a larger portion of the electricity mix in Oregon, in particular, in recent years as the state phases out coal;
    • Investment in the GTN pipeline system will ensure reliable energy delivery for nearly half a million average American homes and businesses;
    • A $335 million investment, GTN is TC Energy’s largest-ever organic growth opportunity, supporting good jobs for local craftsmen and generating substantial economic activity.

    Residents, business owners and community members across the Pacific Northwest are counting on investments like the GTN XPress Project to help the natural gas delivery network continue to meet their daily energy needs. This is why I urge the swift approval of necessary permits for this project.

    Signed,

    [Names below]

  • signed Heartland Greenway Petition via 2022-03-15 19:16:14 -0500

    Sign Our Petition to State Regulators

    In late 2021, Navigator CO2 Venture initiated the permitting process for a critical expansion of its Heartland Greenway CO2 Pipeline Transportation and Sequestration System. This is a robust Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) project that will generate good jobs for Midwest craftsmen and critical tax revenue for local communities while providing biofuel producers and other customers in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota with a cost-effective way to reduce their carbon footprint.

    On March 17, we submitted this petition with 1,305 signatures to the Iowa Utilities Board to support Heartland Greenway during its comment period for a necessary permit. We will continue to collect signatures on our petition, as the project faces permitting milestones this year --- ADD YOUR NAME!

    Dear [Official]:

    I am proud to stand with Pipeliners Local 798 to support the expansion of Navigator CO2 Venture's Heartland Greenway CO2 Pipeline Transportation and Sequestration System.

    Heartland Greenway is one of the first large-scale, commercially viable CCS projects to be developed domestically, and it will provide biofuel producers and other customers in five Midwest states with an affordable way to reduce their carbon footprint while supporting good jobs for the regional workforce and generating critical tax revenue.

    Once complete, this comprehensive project will help customers safely and efficiently transport captured CO2 through a reliable 1,300-mile pipeline network built by America's skilled craftsmen, many of whom are Local 798 members who depend on energy infrastructure projects to provide for their families. 

    Overall, I support Heartland Greenway for these key reasons:

    • The system will have capacity to annually capture and store the equivalent of emissions from 3.2 million vehicles. This CO2 will be stored in a safe, secure underground site that has at most a minimal environmental impact;
    • Navigator CO2 Venture has demonstrated its commitment to returning impacted land to its pre-construction conditions (if not better) by retaining a specialized restoration company specifically to develop and execute a construction mitigation and restoration plan;
    • Heartland Greenway would join a strong network of existing and proposed CCS projects that, together, have capacity to reduce global CO2 emissions by almost 20%.

    Navigator CO2 Venture has demonstrated that it values the rural industries and landscapes that Heartland Greenway will traverse, as it continues to build strong, long-standing partnerships with landowners and regulators in order to construct the most responsible and efficient infrastructure possible. 

    Residents, business owners, landowners, workers and other community members across the Midwest are poised to benefit from Heartland Greenway. This is why I am proud to sign my name and urge regulators and other decision makers to issue necessary permits for this project without delay.

    Signed,

    [Names below]

    **Local 798 will submit this petition to state and federal regulators and other decision makers to support Heartland Greenway.**

  • signed Delta Lateral Project FERC Comment via 2021-12-07 11:51:58 -0600

    Sign Our Comment to FERC

    The Delta Lateral Project will expand natural gas capacity of Kern River Gas Transmission's existing transmission system in Utah while supporting good jobs for local craftsmen.

    In December 2021, Local 798 submitted the below petition with 2,080 signatures to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding the project’s draft Environmental Impact Statement. In February 2022, FERC released the final DEIS. In anticipation of more public comment periods ahead, please sign this petition that we will submit to other regulators and decision makers in support of Delta Lateral.

    Dear Secretary Bose:

    I stand with Pipeliners Local 798 in support of Kern River Gas Transmission Company's Delta Lateral Project. This important project will enable Kern River to meet rising natural gas demands in the area and will support good jobs for local craftsmen, including Local 798 members.

    In its draft EIS, FERC found the project’s environmental impacts would be reduced to “less-than-significant levels”due to the minimization and mitigation measures proposed by Kern River and recommended by the Commission. Project leaders remain committed to these mitigation efforts and continue to collaborate with stakeholders and environmental experts to develop the most responsible and efficient development plan. I see no reason to alter this review in the final EIS.

    Overall, I support the Delta Lateral Project for the following reasons:

    • Project leaders have consistently collaborated with stakeholders and environmental experts to ensure it meets or exceeds federal safety standards while developing the most efficient and responsible pipeline route;
    • Delta Lateral is a critical part of the region’s energy infrastructure network and its carbon reduction strategy, as it is designed to provide firm transportation service for the Intermountain Power Project (IPP) in Utah, which is working towards installing gas-fired generating units capable of using hydrogen, and developing hydrogen production and long-term storage capabilities;
    • Local 798 recognizes Kern River’s history of designing, constructing and operating safe and reliable pipeline systems. The company has demonstrated this same commitment with Delta Lateral.

    Due to the reasons discussed above, I support the Delta Lateral Project and urge the swift approval of necessary permits.

    Signed,

    [Names below]

    **Local 798 will submit this petition to state and federal regulators and other decision makers to support the Delta Lateral Project.**

  • commented on Mountain Valley 2021-11-30 19:58:48 -0600

    Mountain Valley

    About the project

    In April 2022, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission amended Mountain Valley Pipeline's 2017 Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity, supporting project completion under water bodies with specific construction methods. MVP, which is already 94% complete, still needs authorization from other agencies for work in remaining streams and wetlands.

    Project developers plan to apply for two environmental permits to replace those that were struck down in court and are hopeful that with permits in hand, this critical natural gas project can restart construction by the second quarter of 2023.

    With a vast supply of natural gas from Marcellus and Utica shale production, MVP 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 U.S.

    Click here to see how to support this project now in the Action Network. You can also learn more about MVP on its project website.

  • signed Hydrogen Pipeline Petition via 2021-11-19 08:42:43 -0600

    Sign Our Petition Supporting Hydrogen Pipelines

    Upgrading and modifying existing gas pipelines and midstream infrastructure to carry biofuels and low-carbon hydrogen would generate good jobs for our nation’s construction workforce and boost economic activity while supporting low-carbon goals.

    Sign our petition below supporting hydrogen pipeline infrastructure and the jobs that these projects will provide to craftsmen across the country, including many Local 798 members.

    As a forward-thinking supporter of a strong energy industry, I join Pipeliners Local 798 in support of utilizing existing infrastructure and developing new pipelines for the purpose of transporting renewable hydrogen.

    By making lines hydrogen-capable, we can best prepare for a responsible energy future while helping to grow opportunities for industry craftsmen across the nation, many of whom are members of Pipeliners Local 798, a trades union representing the most highly trained, skilled and dedicated men and women in the energy industry.

    The U.S. has a robust natural gas transportation and storage network – approximately three million miles of natural gas pipelines run throughout the nation – yet, these critical pipelines could become stranded assets within decades, as government leaders push towards aggressive carbon emission goals. This presents both a tremendous challenge and opportunity to utilize the existing pipeline network to also transport other clean-burning energy sources like renewable hydrogen.

    While I believe that natural gas should play a vital role in our energy system for years to come, I recognize the growing urgency to invest in renewable energy sources. Modifying gas pipelines and midstream infrastructure to carry biofuels and low-carbon hydrogen is smart strategy, as these projects generate critical economic activity, support good jobs and ensure the delivery of reliable, clean energy to American homes and businesses.

    I support investment in renewable hydrogen pipeline infrastructure for the following key reasons:

    • Utilizing existing infrastructure for renewable hydrogen distribution supports good job opportunities for industry craftsmen and generates critical local and state economic activity;
    • While renewables like solar and wind are limited by electrical grids, hydrogen can be efficiently transported by pipelines, which are built and maintained by a skilled workforce of pipefitters, welders and other craftsmen who depend on infrastructure projects to provide for their families;
    • Hydrogen in distribution pipelines would help decarbonize industrial processes, supporting environmental goals.

    Upgrading and modifying existing gas pipelines and midstream infrastructure to carry hydrogen would generate good jobs for our nation’s construction workforce and boost economic activity while supporting low-carbon goals. This is why I urge decision makers to join me in supporting these critical infrastructure projects.

    Signed

    [Signers below]

     

  • signed Midwest Carbon Express Petition 2021-09-16 17:34:59 -0500

    Sign Our Petition Supporting this Multi-State CCS Project

    In June 2022, the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission announced it would extend the deadline indefinitely for Summit Carbon Solutions to finalize its proposed route for the Midwest Carbon Express project, a $4.5 billion investment in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska. This is a significant carbon capture and storage project that will support up to 17,000 construction jobs, many going to Local 798 members.

    Sign our petition below that we will submit to regulators and other decision makers to support this important project as it moves through the permitting process.

    **We submitted this petition with 2,039 signature to the Iowa Utilities Board in October 2021 during a public comment period for state permits. Thank you to all who have already signed!**

    Please accept this comment in support of Summit Carbon Solutions' Midwest Carbon Express project, a critical investment in the region’s economic and energy future.

    As we emerge from a global pandemic and economic downturn, this $4.5 billion investment in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska will provide welcomed relief to the economic landscape in smaller and rural communities across the Midwest, while supporting good jobs for the local workforce. The construction phase alone is expected to create 14,000 to 17,000 jobs, many of these going to the dedicated members of Local 798 who depend on infrastructure projects to provide for their families.

    My support for this project is also driven by the critical need for increased carbon capture and storage capacity. We need projects like Midwest Carbon Express to meet emission reduction goals and to ultimately set the stage for better environmental outcomes. There is no single solution to the dual challenge of rebuilding our economy and addressing the urgent threat of greenhouse gas emissions, but approving carbon capture and storage projects like Midwest Carbon Express is a meaningful step we can take today.

    I support the Midwest Carbon Express Project for the following key reasons:

    • Summit Carbon Solutions will partner with local businesses during both the construction and operational phase of the project, providing a meaningful, ongoing boost to the economies in communities across the Midwest;
    • The project is expected to support 14,000 to 17,000 jobs during the construction phase and upwards of 460 permanent jobs, many going to Local 798 members;
    • In order to reach our nation’s emission reduction goals, it necessary to substantially increase carbon capture and storage capacity. Once operational, the Midwest Carbon Express Project will be capable of capturing and permanently storing 12 million tons of carbon dioxide every year, which is the equivalent of taking 2.6 million cars off the road each and every year;
    • Summit Carbon Solutions is partnering with 31 ethanol plants across the Midwest, working together to create new revenue streams for this industry so they can continue to deliver cleaner affordable and reliable fuel options to families and businesses across the country.

    The Midwest Carbon Express Project is poised to create good-paying jobs for local craftsmen, generate critical economic activity, help meet rising demand for clean energy and bring the region and nation a substantial step closer to reaching environmental goals. This is why I support this important project and urge the Utilities Board and other decision makers to issue necessary approvals.

    Signed,

    [Signed Below]

  • signed Line 5 Letter to the Governor via 2021-11-11 21:37:59 -0600

    Tell Decision Makers You Support Line 5

    We submitted the below petition with 4,000+ signatures to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office earlier this year, amid her administration's ongoing fights to stop operation of Enbridge's Line 5, a critical pipeline system that currently supplies more than half of the Michigan's propane needs, including 65% of propane for the state's Upper Peninsula. In November 2021, we submitted this petition to President Joe Biden to be considered during his administration's conversations about the project's future.

    A Line 5 shutdown would devastate the regional energy supply, stunt economic activity and kill thousands of good jobs, many belonging to Local 798 members. Sign our petition that we will submit to other decision makers in support of Line 5!

    I continue to stand with Pipeliners Local 798 in support of Enbridge’s Line 5 Straits Tunnel Project. Shutting down the replacement of Line 5, a $500 million private investment, puts Michigan’s energy and economic future at serious risk as a result of a major disruption of the state's energy supply. 

    The concerns raised by Gov. Whitmer's administration regarding Line 5 focus on the threat of an oil spill in the Straits and how that would harm the economy, environment and enjoyment of the Great Lakes. However, Enbridge continues to demonstrate its commitment to maintaining a high level of safety, including the diligent 24/7 monitoring of the Straits crossing, regular inspections and operating the line at less than 25 percent of its maximum design capabilities to minimize stress on the pipeline steel and enhance safety. Also, Enbridge has a proactive inspection program to monitor the fitness of Line 5. This includes evaluating every inch of the pipeline interior every five years using in-line inspection tools that provide detail on par with MRIs in the medical industry. Preventing this project from moving forward in light of all these protections is harmful to Michigan's energy and economic future.

    In 2018 alone, Enbridge paid nearly $8 million in base salary to Michigan employees and approximately $60 million in property taxes in the state for its energy infrastructure projects, which was then invested in schools, roads and bridges and other important public services. Line 5 will create many good paying construction jobs, secure access to reliable energy for businesses and homes across the state, and generate significant economic activity in the project area.

    The company has previously entered into agreements with the state of Michigan, outlining actions Enbridge is taking to protect the state’s water bodies within the project footprint, including implementing additional safety measures to mitigate impacts and overall increased coordination with the state regarding operations and maintenance of Line 5. Enbridge also entered into a subsequent agreement with the state that puts in place enhanced inspection and operations protocols for the project.

    Enbridge continues to address concerns raised by environmentalists and government officials in regards to the safety of Line 5 and has demonstrated a clear plan to finish construction in order to safely and efficiently deliver energy to homes and businesses across the state. This is why I am concerned your administration is willing to play politics with the employment opportunities for union workers and the energy needs of U.S. consumers and businesses that depend on Line 5. 

    Signed,

    Line 5 Straits Tunnel Project Supporter

    **Local 798 submitted this petition to Gov. Whitmer in March 2021 with 3,209 signatures and again in July with a total of 4,055 signatures. We will continue to collect signatures on this petition, as we anticipate other opportunities to tell the governor and other decision makers to stop playing politics with the energy needs and anxieties of U.S. consumers and businesses that depend on Line 5.**

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