Phillip Mccann

  • signed TY Letter to Congress via 2022-11-10 08:17:20 -0600

    Sign Our Letter to Congress

    In October 2022, more than 100 Congress members submitted a letter to the White House urging the President to issue a five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing plan, as is required under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), after Interior Secretary Deb Haaland let the previous five-year plan expire. 

    Join Local 798 in thanking these elected officials for standing up for the oil and natural industry at a time when reliable and affordable energy is in soaring demand. Sign our letter below that we will submit to the appropriate leaders.

    Dear [Official],

    I stand with Pipeliners Local 798 in formally thanking you for submitting a letter in October to the Biden Administration supporting a five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing plan. This letter is a significant demonstration of support for the oil and gas industry and the good jobs it provides across the country.

    A particular concern in your letter that I echo is that undermining oil and gas exploration will lead to a full-blown energy crises like we are seeing in Europe and are beginning to see here in the U.S., specifically in California.

    Disinvestment in the fossil fuel industry will certainly have dire consequences on our nation's economic and energy future and threaten jobs for craftsmen who depend on a strong energy industry to provide for their families. Many of these workers are members of Local 798, a trades union representing more than 7,000 of the country's hardest working and highly skilled union workers.

    I am grateful that you continue to voice support for this industry that is so critical to a robust economy, particularly at a time when many Americans are struggling with soaring prices for energy and other daily needs. I also hope you continue to encourage your colleagues in Washington to join you in advocating for a smart five-year offshore oil and natural gas leasing plan while looking for additional ways to grow opportunities for our nation's skilled workforce.

    Signed,

    [Names below]

    C.C.

    Steve Scalise, House Republican Whip

    Bruce Westerman, Ranking Member - Committee on Natural Resources

    Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Ranking Member - Energy and Commerce Committee

    Elise M. Stefanik, Chairwoman - Republican Conference 

    Gary Palmer, Chairman - Republican Policy Committee

    Jim Banks, Chairman - Republican Study Committee

    A. Drew Ferguson IV, Chief Deputy Whip

    Virginia Foxx, Ranking Member - Committee on Education and Labor

    Kevin Brady, Ranking Member - Committee on Ways and Means

    Micheal T. McCaul, Ranking Member - Committee on Foreign Affairs

    Sam Graves, Ranking Member - Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

    Glenn "GT" Thompson, Ranking Member - Committee on Agriculture

    Rodney Davis, Ranking Member - Committee on House Administration

    Mike Bost, Ranking Member - Committee on Veterans' Affairs

    James Comer, Ranking Member - Committee on Oversight and Reform

    Micheal Guest, Ranking Member - Committee on Ethics

    Jason Smith, Ranking Member - Committee on Budget

    Jeff Duncan, Member of Congress

    Dan Newhouse, Member of Congress

    Steven M. Palazzo, Member of Congress

    Lisa McClain, Member of Congress

    Dan Crenshaw, Member of Congress

    Robert J. Wittman, Member of Congress

    Guy Reschenthaler, Member of Congress

    Mike Johnson, Member of Congress

    Jake Ellzey, Member of Congress

    Andy Biggs, Member of Congress

    Troy Balderson, Member of Congress

    August Pfluger, Member of Congress

    Roger Williams, Member of Congress

    Doug Lamborn, Member of Congress

    Tom McClintock, Member of Congress

    Beth Van Duyne, Member of Congress

    Vern Buchanan, Member of Congress

    Greg Pence, Member of Congress

    Dan Meuser, Member of Congress

    Bob Latta, Member of Congress

    Steve Chabot, Member of Congress

    Michael C. Burgess, M.D., Member of Congress

    Diana Harshbarger, Member of Congress

    Larry Buchson, M.D., Member of Congress

    Steve Womack, Member of Congress

    Van Taylor, Member of Congress

    Darrell Issa, Member of Congress

    Troy E. Nehls, Member of Congress

    James R. Baird, Member of Congress

    David Valado, Member of Congress

    Richard Hudson, Member of Congress

    David Rouzer, Member of Congress

    Yvette Herrell, Member of Congress

    Eric A. "Rick" Crawford, Member of Congress

    Earl L. "Buddy" Carter, Member of Congress

    Bob Gibbs, Member of Congress

    Ken Buck, Member of Congress

    Tim Walberg, Member of Congress

    Rick W. Allen, Member of Congress

    Madison Cawthorn, Member of Congress

    Fred Keller, Member of Congress

    Ronny L. Jackson, Member of Congress

    Ted Budd, Member of Congress

    Kelly Armstrong, Member of Congress

    Julia Letlow, Member of Congress

    Billy Long, Member of Congress

    Alex Mooney, Member of Congress

    Tim Burchett, Member of Congress

    Robert B. Aderholt, Member of Congress

    Glenn Grothman, Member of Congress

    Clay Higgins, Member of Congress

    Chuck Fleischmann, Member of Congress

    Mike Gallagher, Member of Congress

    Mayra Flores, Member of Congress

    Brian Babin, D.D.S, Member of Congress

    Cliff Bentz, Member of Congress

    Michelle Fischbach, Member of Congress

    Ann Wagner, Member of Congress

    Tom Tiffany, Member of Congress

    David P. Joyce, Member of Congress

    Stephanie Bice, Member of Congress

    Jerry L. Carl, Member of Congress

    Scott Perry, Member of Congress

    Ashley Hinson, Member of Congress

    Garret Graves, Member of Congress

    John Moolenaar, Member of Congress

    Andy Barr, Member of Congress

    Debbie Lesko, Member of Congress

    Bob Good, Member of Congress

    Russ Fulcher, Member of Congress

    Jack Bergman, Member of Congress

    Bryan Steil, Member of Congress

    Michael Cloud, Member of Congress

    Kat Cammack, Member of Congress

    Brad Finstad, Member of Congress

    Randy K. Weber, Member of Congress

    Ben Cline, Member of Congress

    Mike Kelly, Member of Congress

    Carol D. Miller, Member of Congress

    Pete Stauber, Member of Congress

    Ralph Norman, Member of Congress

    Adrian Smith, Member of Congress

    Lauren Boebert, Member of Congress

    Tom Emmer, Member of Congress

    Jodey C. Arrington, Member of Congress

    Claudia Tenney, Member of Congress

    John Joyce, M.D., Member of Congress

    David B. McKinley, Member of Congress

    Tony Gonzales, Member of Congress

    Victoria Spartz, Member of Congress

    Mike Flood, Member of Congress

    Vicky Hartzler, Member of Congress

    Jake LaTurner, Member of Congress

    Mariannette Miller-Meeks, M.D., Member of Congress

    Connie Conway, Member of Congress

    Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, Member of Congress

    David Kustoff, Member of Congress

    John Rose, Member of Congress

    Dusty Johnson, Member of Congress

    Barry Moore, Member of Congress

    Brad R. Wenstrup, D.P.M, Member of Congress

    Randy Feenstra, Member of Congress

    John Curtis, Member of Congress

    Andrew S. Clyde, Member of Congress

    Austin Scott, Member of Congress

    Warren Davidson, Member of Congress

    Louie Gohmert, Member of Congress

    Nicole Malliotakis, Member of Congress

    Brett Guthrie, Member of Congress

    Markwayne Mullin, Member of Congress

    Burgess Owens, Member of Congress

    Dan Bishop, Member of Congress

    Chris Stewart, Member of Congress

  • signed ridgeline expansion petition 2022-11-05 08:35:51 -0500

    Sign Our Petition Supporting Ridgeline

    Enbridge is working with the Tennessee Valley Authority to design, construct and operate the Ridgeline Expansion Project, an expansion of Enbridge’s existing East Tennessee Natural Gas (ETNG) system. Ultimately, this would provide affordable and domestically sourced natural gas for the utility’s customers as the system continues to transition to cleaner energy.

    Pending the receipt of all necessary permits, construction would begin in 2025 with a target in-service date of fall 2026. Sign our below petition that we will submit to respective decision makers as this project moves through the permitting process.

    Dear [Secretary]:

    I am proud to support Enbridge and the Tennessee Valley Authority as they develop the Ridgeline Expansion Project, a critical investment into the energy and economic future of Tennessee and the surrounding region.

    Project construction will support good jobs for local craftsmen, many going to Pipeliners Local 798 members. Once complete, this expansion will provide Tennesseans with a lower-carbon, cleaner-burning energy source.

    I support the Ridgeline Expansion Project for the following key reasons:

    • The project is designed to meet the rising demand for natural gas, providing affordable and cleaner energy for the utility’s customers;
    • The majority of the proposed route would be located within the existing system's right-of-way, which minimizes impacts to landowners and the environment;
    • I understand the quality of work that Pipeliners Local 798 members and other regional craftsmen will put into this project to ensure its efficiency, safety and reliability. Local 798 workers have delivered on energy infrastructure projects like this for decades.

    Simply put, projects like the Ridgeline Expansion Project are necessary to meet the rising demand for natural gas. This clean-burning energy currently fuels one-third of electric power generation and heats approximately half of all U.S. homes. This project will help more families and businesses in Tennessee realize the full advantages of this abundantly available resource.

    I encourage FERC to issue necessary permits without delay, allowing the Ridgeline Expansion Project to meet its proposed in-service date in 2026.

    Signed,

    [Names below]

  • commented on Northern Access 2022-07-28 00:42:29 -0500
    Lay Pipe

    Northern Access

    About the project

    As the fourth largest natural gas consuming state in the country, New York runs on natural gas. Integral to the New York state economy, the use of natural gas and the pipeline infrastructure that delivers gas from neighboring states not only provides clean, homegrown, abundant, reliable and affordable energy, but also provides good-paying jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for communities nationwide.

    The Northern Access pipeline will provide an outlet for natural gas production in north-central Pennsylvania, connecting it to the interstate pipeline system. That system connects to markets in the northeastern U.S. and mid-Atlantic regions as well as eastern Canada. The new sections of pipeline will interconnect specifically with the existing Trans Canada and Tennessee Gas Pipeline systems.

    The project awaits a clean water certification from the New York State DEC before construction can begin.

    Click here to view the project website.

  • commented on Driftwood Pipeline 2022-07-28 00:41:03 -0500
    Lay Pipe

    Driftwood Pipeline

    About the project

    Driftwood proposes to construct and operate dual 42-inch-diameter natural gas pipelines, referred to as the Line 200 and Line 300 project, originating near Ragley in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana southward to a proposed receiver facility near Carlyss in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. Additional facilities include one new compressor station, eleven meter stations, six mainline valves, and other aboveground facilities. The project would provide a maximum seasonal capacity of 5.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day to the Lake Charles market. 

    FERC is accepting public comments on the project's draft Environmental Impact Statement through July 5, 2022.

    Click here to view the project website.

  • commented on Mountain Valley 2022-07-28 00:40:03 -0500
    Lay Pipe

    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 2022-07-13 07:42:49 -0500

    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 Willow Project Petition via 2022-07-13 07:42:17 -0500

    Sign Our Willow Project Support Petition

    The Willow Master Development Plan Project (Willow Project) is 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.

    Signed,

    [Names below]

  • signed Dakota Access Pipeline Petition via 2022-07-13 07:40:21 -0500

    Support Dakota Access Pipeline During Critical Review

    In February 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would not hear an appeal to overturn a court-ordered environmental review of the Dakota Access Pipeline. While this is a legal blow to the project, the pipeline will continue to operate while the review is conducted. This followed a ruling on May 21, 2021 by Federal Judge James Boasberg that DAPL could continue operating while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts review for its Environmental Impact Statement.

    The pipeline still needs to undergo the latest of a rigorous series of environmental reviews. Sign our petition below 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 GTN XPress Project Petition 2022-07-25 16:41:52 -0500

    Sign Our Petition to FERC

    The GTN XPress Project is 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.

    We submitted the below petition to our federal regulator on August 22, 2022 before its comment period ended for the project's Draft Environmental Impact Statement. We will continue to collect signatures in anticipation of additional comment periods in the coming months. Add your name now!

    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 2022-09-14 12:52:47 -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.

    In March 2022, 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 2022-01-14 21:11:44 -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 MVP Water Permits Petition 2022-10-19 16:52:04 -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 several 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 decision makers in support of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.**

  • signed Be an Energy Voter Petition via 2021-02-04 14:18:16 -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