Lenny Cordova

  • commented on Keystone XL Project 2021-03-17 01:13:41 -0500
    I’ve never took part in the Keystone Project, however I believe shutting down this project could be a big waste of money, for there will be causes of nature to create unfinished pipeline work to create corrosion in steel pipe because of the snow and rain, and any other forces of nature. That is why its critical to finish Pipelines we already started. State Laws for this project need to open up Keystone XL for the completion of this project.. Lets find whatever needs to be done to respect certain things their communities and states will not tolerate and find a way around these walls in order to complete our Project for Keystone XL.. For the States invloved with Keystone XL, Gas and Oil will be needed for at least 5 decades to come, were here to serve you and Trans Canada, and would Appreciate the opportunity to complete “TransCanada Keystone XL Project”. Thank You Very Much…

    Keystone XL Project

    About the project

    The Keystone XL Pipeline (KXL) is a 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline running from Hardisty, Alberta to Steel City, Nebraska. Once complete, KXL will allow market hubs in the Midwest and as far south as Texas access to approximately 1.1 million barrels of crude oil daily. This is nearly double the capacity of the current Keystone system. The $7 billion pipeline expansion will generate tremendous economic growth, support thousands of jobs for local craftsmen, provide millions in annual property tax revenue and strengthen American energy security.

    In early July 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for several pipeline projects to proceed under a fast-track permitting process (Nationwide Permit 12) but excluded KXL expansion from their ruling, forcing major delays.

    For almost a decade, the final leg of KXL has been delayed, unable to the gain final approval from the U.S. State Department and the state of Nebraska. After the Trump administration and the Nebraska government gave their approval in 2017, activists sued to stop construction, invigorating a wave of opposition that the project continues to face.

    Click here to visit the project website.

  • commented on Line 3 Replacement Project 2021-03-17 00:46:02 -0500
    As an employee for Enbridge on line 3, I believe we did quite well with a low repair rate. For Everyone who made an effort to keep their head in quality work, Thank You, and keep it up, thats what we want and need.. And we look forward to continue completing Pipelines for Enbridge, Thank You Enbridge, Respectfully…

    Line 3 Replacement Project

    About the project

    The Line 3 Replacement Project is the largest project in Enbridge history and one of the most comprehensive infrastructure proposals in North America. The 36-inch diameter pipeline will run from Hardisty, Alberta to Superior, Wisconsin, replacing the existing 34-inch diameter pipeline along most of the current Line 3 route. This $7.5 billion private investment will reduce future maintenance activities, minimize disruptions to the environment and restore the historical operating capabilities of Line 3.

    In June 2020, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) voted to move the project forward by deny petitions for reconsideration filed in May on the project's environmental impact statement (EIS), certificate of need (CN) and route permit (RP) dockets. Entering this new stage of the permitting process, Enbridge needs construction-related permits from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before it can begin building the new pipeline.

    Click here to visit the project website.

  • 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

  • signed Line 5 Letter to the Governor 2021-01-01 12:53:50 -0600

    Tell the Whitmer Administration You Support Line 5

    Governor Gretchen Whitmer's administration has revoked the original easement for the Line 5 Pipeline that lets the pipeline operate for 4.5 miles across the Straits of Mackinac. This order jeopardizes critical tax revenue for the local and state economies, energy access for residents and thousands of jobs - many belonging to Local 798 members in Michigan. The battle over Line 5 heightened in 2020 when Gov. Whitmer announced she was seeking a state court injunction to force Enbridge to shut down Line 5 and “permanently decommission” the pipeline, even though the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the federal regulator that oversees the pipeline, had said that it is “aware of no unsafe or hazardous conditions that would warrant shutdown of Line 5.” 

    We submitted the below 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 this year to send a louder message to the governor to stop playing politics with the energy needs and anxieties of U.S. consumers and businesses that depend on Line 5!

    Dear Governor Whitmer:

    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 your 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 by 2021 in order to safely and efficiently deliver energy to homes and businesses across the state. This is why I am concerned your administration continues 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 may submit your name to other local and state decision makers in support of Line 5.**