Preston Richard

  • signed NWP12 2022 via 2022-05-04 22:13:01 -0500

    Comment Period Ends May 27: Take Action Now

    The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers has initiated a formal review of Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12 a little over a year after its latest iteration took effect. NWP 12, which serves as a general permit under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, is designed to streamline the federal permitting process for certain pipeline activities, keeping projects on schedule and securing good jobs for industry craftsmen.

    It's important that we speak up on this NOW: the fact that the Army Corps is undertaking this review four years before the current NWP 12 expires is unusual and likely indicative that the government is considering significant changes to pipeline review processes.

    Sign our petition below that we will submit to the Army Corps before the public comment period ends on Friday, May 27.

    Re: Docket ID No. COE–2022–0003; Nationwide Permit 12

    Dear Secretary: 

    As an advocate for responsible, efficient energy infrastructure development, I support the use of Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12 and am disappointed to see this important permit under review years before its current terms are set to expire.

    The NWP program has been an essential driver of the U.S. industrial and economic system since the 1970s, allowing critical energy infrastructure projects, including gas, oil and renewable energy, to proceed after a streamlined review when environmental effects are found to be no more than minimal. 

    I am primarily concerned by the fact that some of the questions posed by the Army Corps to direct stakeholder input on this process go beyond the scope of what is usually asked when reviewing NWPs. This signals a push for significant changes to NWP 12, and possibly even its ultimate revocation, which would be devastating for the oil and gas industry, its workforce and all Americans who depend on affordable and reliable energy, especially during this time of growing energy costs and economic uncertainty.  

    Please consider the following key points when deciding the future of NWP 12:

    • I am concerned by some of the questions posed to guide stakeholder input on this process. For example: Question #9 “Should there be new triggers for oil or natural gas pipeline activities in jurisdictional waters that mandate review under an individual permit?” -- This seems to suggest a shift spanning the Corps’ entire regulatory program, overruling decisions by individual districts that issue general permits allowing oil and gas pipeline activities. This would ultimately lead to an uptick in individual permit applications submitted to the Corps and cause further delays in the already time-intensive individual permit process;
    • The additional delays caused by an unnecessarily lengthy permitting review processes jeopardize good jobs for the American workforce and deny critical tax revenue to communities;
    • Another question the Army Corps posed to guide input that raises particular concern is #7 “Does the NWP 12 verification process ensure that environmental justice and climate change factors are adequately considered?” --- The existing verification process already ensures that pipeline activities authorized by NWP 12 result in at most minimal effects. This particular question signals that the Corps may be considering redefining how cumulative impacts are measured, which opens a new door for regulatory backlogs;
    • There is a demonstrated need for more pipelines in the U.S. to fully harness the benefits of domestic energy, specifically to serve communities that are under-served due to a lack of pipeline capacity. It is in our nation’s best interest to support a streamlined NWP 12 program that provides the needed certainty to move projects forward in a timely manner.

    The NWP 12 program has been critical in ensuring the efficient and safe development of infrastructure of all kinds – including renewable energy projects. The potential program upheaval stemming from this review could be devastating, as it threatens jobs for craftsmen across the country, impedes economic growth and hinders our nation’s ability to harness our abundant supply of domestic natural gas and oil. Thank you for allowing this opportunity to provide input.

    Signed,

    [Names below]

  • signed FERC Comment 2022 Rules 2022-04-06 14:29:03 -0500

    Comment Period Ends May 25: Sign Our Petition to FERC

    In March 2022, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission announced it was suspending new policies for important natural gas projects that would require additional review of environmental impacts during construction and operation. In announcing the rules’ conversion to draft status, FERC Chairman Richard Glick noted that the commission is seeking more input before implementing such policies.

    Stand with Local 798 in opposing these cumbersome and dangerous rules!

    We submitted this petition with approximately 1,600 signatures before the 1st round of comments were due on April 25. Help us reach our goal of 2,500! Sign our petition below that we will submit to FERC before the comment period ends on May 25. 

     

    Re: Updated Certificate Policy Statement and Interim GHG Policy Statement

    Dear Secretary Bose:

    I proudly stand with Pipeliners Local 798 in opposition to FERC’s Updated Certificate Policy Statement and Interim GHG Policy Statement.

    Like many American energy consumers, I am concerned that as drafted, the new rules will increase delays in the already muddled permitting process for natural gas and LNG infrastructure projects, ultimately making it even more difficult to deliver affordable and reliable energy to homes and businesses at a time of exponentially rising energy costs and geopolitical instability.

    When drafting the revised Updated Certificate Policy Statement and Interim GHG Policy Statement, I believe FERC should consider the following concerns:

    • It is critical, especially at this time of rising energy costs and geopolitical uncertainties, that policymakers ensure the permitting process for natural gas and LNG infrastructure is streamlined and consistent with other fair policies already on the books;
    • Conditional language and the decision to review permits on a case-by-case basis is certain to add more delays to vital energy infrastructure, which will deny good jobs for our nation’s craftsmen and threaten access to domestic sources of reliable energy;
    • The growing use of natural gas is a key reason why the U.S. has reduced emissions to generational lows. Policymakers should be seeking transparent and fair paths for these infrastructure projects instead of adding more roadblocks and burdens within the permitting process.

    During this time when American families are dealing with the burden of rising energy costs and the uncertainties of geopolitical instability, our nation’s policymakers should be working to ensure a streamlined, fair and consistent path of review for energy infrastructure projects. I hope the commission takes this into account when developing new policies.

    I appreciate the opportunity to submit the above concerns.

    Signed,

  • signed GTN XPress Project Petition 2022-03-17 10:25:49 -0500

    Sign Our Petition to FERC

    TC Energy is seeking federal approval 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 Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approve the project by mid-October 2022.

    Sign our project support petition below that we will submit to the appropriate governing body during upcoming comment periods!

    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 2021-12-27 08:53:25 -0600

    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.**

  • Sign Our Petition Supporting CCS Projects

    Despite the significant environmental and economic benefits that Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) infrastructure projects generate, activists aim to halt their development and kill the jobs they provide, many belonging to Local 798 members.

    Stand up for our livelihoods! Sign our petition below that we will submit to decision makers in support of CCS projects across the country.

    Dear [Official]:

    As an energy consumer concerned about our nation’s economic future and the state of our environment, I am proud to support the investment in and development of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) infrastructure projects.

    CCS projects receive bipartisan support precisely because they represent a common-sense solution to the challenge of “building back better” as we emerge from a pandemic-induced economic downturn, and as we continue to address the growing urgency to lower carbon emissions.

    Given the energy limitations and high cost of infrastructure associated with “clean energy” alternatives, such as solar and wind power, it is difficult to imagine how federal climate objectives (including reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050) are met without widespread carbon capture and sequestration.

    These projects also generate substantial economic activity, as many require installation of new infrastructure specifically to capture the CO2 emissions before they are emitted into the atmosphere. Summit Carbon Solutions’ Midwest Carbon Express Project, for example, is anticipated to support up to 17,000 jobs during construction alone and will install new infrastructure in 31 ethanol plants across five states, indirectly supporting jobs for workers in other industries across dozens of communities.

    I support Carbon Capture and Storage pipeline projects for the following reasons:

    • We must substantially increase carbon capture and storage capacity to help reach emission reduction goals; a July report from the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality found that a CCS industry large enough to meet the “net zero” emissions goal by 2050 would require 68,000 miles of new CO2 pipelines. This simply cannot happen unless we invest in meaningful change in our nation’s energy infrastructure now;
    • CCS infrastructure is already making a significant difference in emissions reductions. One facility in Wyoming, for example, captures enough carbon dioxide each day to equate to removing 1.5 million cars from the roadways;
    • CCS projects generate critical economic activity and support good-paying jobs for our nation's industry craftsmen, many of whom are Local 798 members;
    • Carbon capture technology carries a remarkably safe track record. It has successfully been in use since the 1990s, and there are roughly 5,000 miles of CO2 pipeline and 40 ethanol plants using this technology in the U.S.

    For these reasons, I urge decision makers to join me in support of Carbon Capture and Storage infrastructure projects – for our nation’s immediate and long-term future.

    Signed

    [Names below]

  • signed Delta Lateral Project FERC Comment 2021-12-09 11:15:08 -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.**

  • signed Hydrogen Pipeline Petition via 2021-11-21 21:03:56 -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 MVP Water Permits Petition 2021-10-07 21:20:15 -0500

    Tell Regulators: It's Time to Complete MVP

    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. The amendment received immediate backlash from opponents. MVP, which is already 94% complete, still needs authorizations from other agencies for work in remaining streams and wetlands. 

    Project developers plan to apply for two environmental permits to replace those that were challenged and struck down in court during contentious legal battles in previous years. This process is expected to delay the restart of construction on this critical natural gas project until at least the second quarter of 2023. In anticipation of this activity, help us collect signatures on our petition below that we will submit to appropriate regulators during upcoming comment periods. 

    Sign our petition below telling decision makers: It's time to complete MVP!

    Dear Secretary:

    I support the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) and urge the swift approval of permits necessary for project completion.

    MVP is a multi-billion-dollar investment in the region’s infrastructure network that has employed thousands of area craftsmen, many of whom are members of Pipeliners Local 798, a trades union that represents the nation's most dedicated and skilled industry workers. Once operational, MVP will be an immediately impactful part of the region’s energy infrastructure network, generating $10 million in annual property tax revenue in Virginia and providing key access to domestic supplies of affordable and reliable natural gas. 

    MVP has been studied extensively by state and federal regulators and has earned key permits after thorough examination of the pipeline’s environmental impacts and commitment to safety. Project leaders continue to address concerns raised by environmentalists and government officials and has demonstrated a clear plan to finish construction once all necessary permits are in hand. MVP has also demonstrated its commitment to conservation by contributing $3.85 million to the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts to support state water quality protection, restoration and improvement priorities.

    I urge the swift approval of all permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline for the following reasons:

    • The MVP team has spent more than 6 years collaborating with state and federal agencies to develop plans to minimize environmental impacts. This work has resulted in hundreds of route modifications, many because of landowner requests, engineering considerations and efforts to avoid sensitive areas;
    • The project voluntarily purchased more than $150 million in carbon offsets, which will make MVP one of the first interstate natural gas pipelines to achieve carbon neutrality for its operational emissions;
    • MVP has already had a tremendous impact on state and local economies, putting 2,500 craftsmen to work during peak construction and generating critical economic activity in communities within the project footprint. Once operational, counties along the route are expected to receive an estimated $10 million annually in Virginia and $35 million annually in West Virginia;
    • Local communities will directly benefit from MVP, as Roanoke Gas Company and other local distributors will tap into this system to provide reliable energy to residents - namely in Franklin County, where there is currently zero access to natural gas - while making these areas more attractive for companies to relocate there;
    • Many of the wells drilled in the Marcellus and Utica shales lack the means to deliver natural gas to customers. It is critical that we prioritize clean, domestically sourced energy in the Virginias and support the expansion of the existing natural gas pipeline capacity through projects such as MVP.

    Due to the reasons outlined above, I ask that you issue necessary permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline without delay to ensure the long-delayed completion of this important natural gas project.

    Signed,

    Mountain Valley Pipeline Project Supporter

    **Local 798 submitted this petition with 2,761 signatures in 2021 to the Virginia DEQ during a comment period for Section 401 Water Quality Certification. 798 leadership may submit your name to other local and state decision makers in support of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.**

  • signed Willow Project Petition 2021-07-08 18:13:44 -0500

    Sign Our Willow Project Support Petition

    The Biden Administration has indicated support for the Willow Master Development Plan Project (Willow Project), a critical energy project in the North Slope of Alaska from ConocoPhillips that is expected to generate billions of dollars in local, state and federal revenue and support 2,000 construction jobs and 300 permanent jobs – many going to Local 798 members.

    The U.S. Justice Department argued in a May 2021 court brief that the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service properly followed environmental laws during its multi-year review of the Willow Project before the Trump Administration approved the project in October 2020.

    Sign our petition below supporting this important project as it undergoes a rigorous permitting process and legal battles ahead!

    I commend the Biden Administration for showing its support for the Willow Master Development Plan Project (Willow Project), and I urge state and federal decision makers to follow suit to ensure swift approval of this critical project that will generate much-needed economic activity in Alaska, supply affordable, domestic energy and create good-paying jobs for the area workforce.

    The project’s approval comes after years of analysis, significant public input, completion of the environmental impact statement (EIS) and biological opinion (BiOp) and consultation with cooperating agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    Throughout every stage, the Willow Project has demonstrated its commitment to transparency, public involvement and environmental safety. The comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Supplement Draft EIS, for example, generated more than 31,000 submissions during comment periods and influenced ConocoPhillips to amend its application to modify its project design, including a change to incorporate a new module delivery option. In the end, the project’s final EIS, which consists of seven volumes and over 3,6000 pages, took more than two years and some six million dollars to draft, evaluate and finalize.

    Project development would generate thousands of jobs for area craftsmen and produce substantial revenue for the federal government, State of Alaska, North Slope Borough and communities in the NPR-A.

    I support the Willow Project due to the following key benefits:

    • The infrastructure will generate a potential $10 billion dollars in federal, state and local economic activity over its lifetime;
    • Project construction is expected to support 2,000 jobs, and operation will require approximately 300 permanent jobs, many of which will go to Local 798 members;
    • The project is designed to produce approximately 586 million barrels of oil over its lifetime, including up to 160,000 barrels a day, helping to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil;
    • The project has undergone rigorous review of potential environmental and ecological impacts. The Army Corps, in particular, found the Willow Project would “not cause significant” negative impacts.

    The Biden Administration took the right step with its court filing in support of the Willow Project, and I urge other decision makers to issue necessary permits in a timely manner.

    Sincerely,

    Willow Project Supporter

  • signed Dakota Access Pipeline Petition 2021-06-22 14:04:27 -0500

    Support Dakota Access Pipeline During Critical Review

    On May 21, 2021, Federal Judge James Boasberg ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) could continue operating while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts review for its Environmental Impact Statement, which is expected to be complete in the spring of 2022.

    This was a critical victory for the workforce and communities who rely on the reliable supply of crude oil that DAPL currently transports, but the pipeline still needs to undergo the latest of a rigorous series of environmental reviews. Sign our petition below commending the judge’s decision and urging the swift approval of remaining permits for DAPL!

    RE: Dakota Access Pipeline Project; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Impact Statement

    Dear Secretary:

    I commend Judge Boesberg’s decision to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) operating while the U.S. Army Corps conducts further environmental review, and I urge the swift approval of any additional permits for this critical project.

    DAPL is one of the most technologically advanced and safest pipelines ever constructed, surpassing all federal safety requirements. Throughout planning and development, the project adhered to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and was approved by regulatory agencies in all four states where the pipeline operates, in addition to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who completed more than a year of additional study in August of 2018. It's important to note after that thorough review, the Army Corps found the work substantiated its earlier determination that the pipeline poses “no significant environmental threats.” In total, agencies approved more than 1,000 certificates, permits and approvals for the project. 

    The fact that Judge Boesberg and the Army Corps ruled this year against shutting down the pipeline reiterates the trust the project has earned with its commitment to safety, which is also highlighted by the nearly four years of operation without one major incident.

    I support the Dakota Access Pipeline for the following key reasons:

    • The Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation, known as the Three Affiliated Tribes, use DAPL to transport more than 60% of the oil they produce. A pipeline shutdown / Bakken production failure would cause significant loss among tribal members;
    • The project has adhered to all federal, state and local laws and regulations, earning more than 1,000 certificates, permits and approvals – approximately one permit or approval for every mile of pipeline – from agencies in all states where it operates;
    • DAPL currently moves over a million barrels of crude oil per day. These shipments would need to be transported by rail or truck – both of which are more costly and environmentally damaging;
    • A DAPL shut down would cost producers up to $5.4 billion the first year of the shutdown, result in up to $1.4 billion in lost tax revenue for local and state governments and eliminate a potential 24,000 jobs, many belonging to Local 798 members.

    Project leaders have demonstrated a commitment to transparency in an effort to develop the most responsible pipeline, conducting more than 550 meetings with community leaders, tribes, businesses, agricultural and civic organizations and local elected officials. In North Dakota alone, project leaders made 140 route adjustments during the planning process, including seventeen adjustments that specifically addressed concerns from involved parties.

    The Dakota Access Pipeline has undergone a thorough and rigorous regulatory process while maintaining transparency with the public and adhering to all environmental and safety protocols. This is why we commend Judge Boesbberg for standing by the Army Corps’ decision to keep the pipeline operating while they conduct further review and why we support the approval of any additional permits.

    Signed,

    Dakota Access Pipeline Project Supporter

  • signed Be an Energy Voter Petition via 2021-02-04 15:42:40 -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.

    Sincerely,

    American Energy Industry Supporter

  • signed Line 5 Letter to the Governor via 2021-11-11 19:08:36 -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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