Lenny R. Cordova

  • commented on Driftwood Pipeline 2022-01-13 15:07:17 -0600
    Lenny Cordova for Driftwood Pipeline

    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 Northern Access 2022-01-13 15:03:17 -0600
    Lenny Cordova for National fuel.

    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 Mountain Valley 2022-01-13 15:02:07 -0600
    Lenny Cordova for this project

    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 Heartland Greenway Petition via 2022-03-15 15:37:51 -0500

    Sign Our Petition to State Regulators

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

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

    Dear [Official]:

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

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

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

    Overall, I support Heartland Greenway for these key reasons:

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

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

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

    Signed,

    [Names below]

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

  • signed Delta Lateral Project FERC Comment 2021-12-27 20:17:51 -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.**

  • Sign Our Petition Supporting this Multi-State CCS Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Signed,

    [Signed Below]

  • signed Be an Energy Voter Petition 2021-02-23 22:17:42 -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

  • 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.**