Lenny Cordova

  • signed GTN XPress Project Petition via 2022-11-15 17:34:36 -0600

    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.


    [Names below]

  • signed ridgeline expansion petition via 2022-11-15 17:34:03 -0600

    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.


    [Names below]

  • signed TY Letter to Congress via 2022-11-15 17:25:28 -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.


    [Names below]


    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

  • 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.

    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.


    [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.


    [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 via 2021-09-04 08:55:04 -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.


    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 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.


    American Energy Industry Supporter