Cheryl Myers

  • published MVP Water Permits Petition in Action Center 2021-07-19 14:28:03 -0500

    Tell Regulators: Issue MVP Water Permits

    The Mountain Valley Pipeline Project is seeking permits to cross several hundred streams in Virginia and West Virginia to help push this long-delayed project towards completion. The crossing of roughly three hundred of these streams requires permit approval from the Army Corps of Engineers, who will rely on input from both states, and the remaining crossings fall under Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) purview.

    The draft 401 Water Quality Certification, in particular, is expected to be available this September, which will trigger a public comment period. In preparation for this and other comment periods for MVP water crossing permits, it’s important that we mobilize support for this critical project that has been delayed for far too long.

    Sign our petition below that we will submit to the Army Corps, FERC and other decision makers supporting the necessary water crossing permits for MVP!

    Dear Secretary:

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

    MVP is a multi-billion-dollar investment in the region’s infrastructure network that has, at various points of construction, 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, 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 critical 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.

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

    • MVP has maintained its commitment to comply with all U.S. Department of Transportation Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) regulations during construction and is utilizing seasoned inspectors who ensure compliance with the highest safety standards and construction specifications;
    • 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;
    • At more than 90 percent complete, 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;
    • 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.

    Unforeseen litigation battles and permitting delays are jeopardizing thousands of good jobs, critical economic benefits and access to environmentally responsible, reliable energy.

    This is why I ask that you issue necessary water crossing permits for the Mountain Valley Pipeline without delay to ensure the long-delayed completion of this important natural gas project.


    Mountain Valley Pipeline Project Supporter

  • published Willow Project Petition in Action Center 2021-06-21 07:29:40 -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.


    Willow Project Supporter

  • published Take the Minnesota Pledge Now in Action Center 2021-06-07 08:02:53 -0500
  • published Minnesota Pledge1 in Take the Minnesota Pledge 2021-06-04 06:45:28 -0500

    Take the Minnesota Pledge

    Stand up for Line 3 and Minnesota pipeliners. Take the Minnesota Pledge!

  • published Dakota Access Pipeline Petition in Action Center 2021-06-03 10:14:42 -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.


    Dakota Access Pipeline Project Supporter

  • published NWP 12 Support Petition in Action Center 2021-05-17 15:16:55 -0500

    Support Nationwide Permit 12 in Critical Lawsuit

    On May 3, 2021, a coalition of five environmental groups filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Montana federal court, alleging that the body failed to consider environmental harms when it re-issued Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12) to build oil and gas pipelines across streams. Industry opponents have long argued this permit should not be used for larger pipeline projects and are using this lawsuit as leverage to add fatal roadblocks to critical projects, jeopardizing pipeliner jobs across the country.

    Sign our petition below supporting the utilization of NWP 12 for pipeline projects, as it ensures that all infrastructure meets the Army Corps’ high standards for environmental sustainability and safety, while keeping projects on schedule and securing good jobs for industry craftsmen. We will submit this to the appropriate federal court district office.

    RE: Case No. CV-21-47-GF-BMM; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 2021 Issuance of 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 legal scrutiny once again.

    The ability to utilize Nationwide Permit 12 is critical for the development and maintenance of our nation’s vital infrastructure projects, including gas, oil and renewable energy. This court decision could lead to significant roadblocks in the already strenuous permitting process, ultimately jeopardizing jobs for the American workforce at a time when we are just beginning to recover from the COVID-19 economic impacts.

    NWP 12 has been issued for important infrastructure projects for decades precisely because regulators understand that it ensures that projects meet the Army Corps’ high standards for environmental safety, while preventing costly delays in project development.

    This case is particularly frustrating because it is the second time in as many years that a suit has been brought against NWP 12. The U.S. Supreme Court partially reversed a district court’s decision in 2020 that the Army Corps couldn’t utilize NWP 12 because it hadn’t “adequately assessed” the 2017 version of the permit’s impacts under the Endangered Species Act. The Supreme Court’s decision ultimately reinstated this permit for all projects – except Keystone XL, of course – because it recognized the scrutiny the Army Corps places on its review process for NWP 12. We hope decision makers come to the same conclusion in this case.

    I support the use of Nationwide Permit 12, particularly for oil and gas pipelines, for the following key reasons:

    • Prohibiting certain pipeline projects from utilizing NWP 12 could require new and lengthy permitting review and cause costly delays to project development, jeopardizing good jobs for the American workforce and denying critical tax revenue to communities;
    • 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 Army Corps has reiterated that NWPs only authorize activities that have minimal cumulative adverse effect on the environment, and all NWP 12 projects that may affect listed species are subject to project-specific consultation. Therefore, the issuance of NWP 12 has no effect on species listed under the Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.

    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 court ruling could be devastating as it threatens jobs for construction workers across the country, impedes economic growth and hinders our nation’s ability to harness our abundant supply of domestic natural gas and oil. This is why I urge those in power to protect the use of this critical permit.


    Supporter of the American Energy Industry

  • published Be an Energy Voter Petition in Action Center 2021-01-28 07:06:13 -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

  • published Toolkit: Contact Elected Officials in Resources 2020-06-09 11:02:10 -0500

    Toolkit: Contact Elected Officials


    This toolkit will give you guidance on how to contact your state elected officials and provides messages that will help you show your support for important pipeline projects in your region. Click here to download now!

  • published Toolkit: Submit a Comment to FERC in Resources 2020-06-09 10:50:42 -0500

    Toolkit: Submit a Comment to FERC


    This toolkit gives instructions on how to submit a comment to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission using the agency’s online submission process. Your voice on specific projects is crucial to the permitting process. Click here to download now.

  • published Toolkit: Write a Letter to Editor in Resources 2020-06-09 10:44:05 -0500

    Toolkit: Write a Letter to Editor


    This toolkit will help you write a simple and effective letter to the editor. This public way of supporting the pipeline projects is an incredibly helpful way to share the benefits of pipeline construction and energy access with your community newspapers. Click here to download now!


  • published Test Survey in Surveys 2020-05-25 23:04:52 -0500

    Test Survey

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