Randy Kerr

  • signed FERC Petition Close Permits Petition via 2021-10-16 18:54:00 -0500

    Sign Our Petition to FERC

    Despite bipartisan pressure from senators earlier this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) continues to delay review on important energy projects, creating significant obstacles in meeting energy demand across the country. Further inaction jeopardizes good jobs for industry craftsmen and threatens the nation’s economic and energy future.

    Sign our petition below imploring FERC to commit to closing review for these critical permits NOW!

    Dear Secretary Reese:

    Knowing of the growing need for reliable and affordable energy, I urge FERC to resume permitting review of natural gas infrastructure projects.

    The projects pending before the Commission, some for more than a year now, are critical to addressing energy supply challenges, and they would provide good jobs for the U.S. workers, many being members of Pipeliners Local 798, a proud trades union that represents more than 7,000 of the nation’s most skilled and dedicated craftsmen.

    This issue is not partisan: In April 2021, a group of 25 bipartisan senators signed a letter imploring FERC to resolve its permitting review, primarily citing the necessity to promptly advance projects along the permitting process “that create jobs and bring other economic and environmental benefits to communities.” 

    A strong natural gas infrastructure network provides critical benefits through lower energy costs, reduced carbon emissions, manufacturing resurgences and movement towards energy independence. Ongoing permitting delays for pipeline projects deprive Americans of these benefits and contribute to anxiety over an uncertain energy and economic future.

    I implore FERC to resolve its permitting review of natural gas projects for the following key reasons:

    • Many of the projects currently pending before the Commission, some pending for more than a year now, directly address pipeline capacity constraints that deprive consumers the benefits associated with affordable, reliable and clean-burning natural gas;
    • Modernizing our nation’s pipeline infrastructure ensures the efficient and safe delivery of natural gas resources and generates economic growth across communities within these projects’ footprint;
    • The pending infrastructure projects collectively represent substantial private sector investment and thus deserve the Commission’s fair and timely consideration;
    • Review and permitting delays continue to hold hostage critical jobs across the country, many belonging to Local 798 members;
    • Further inaction from the Commission threatens our economic and energy future, particularly in “energy states” such as Pennsylvania.

    Due to the reasons discussed above, I stand with Pipeliners Local 798, other industry craftsmen and concerned energy consumers in urging FERC to promptly take action, consistent with its current Policy Statement, on natural gas infrastructure projects that are pending before the Commission.

    Signed

    [Names below]

  • signed Line 5 Letter to the Governor via 2021-06-06 13:11:50 -0500

    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.**

  • commented on Line 3 Replacement Project 2020-12-06 16:38:06 -0600
    I am a union laborer Pipeliner with my two sons. We worked on projects and love the pipeline life. Hope to be 798 some day.

    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 Petition Line 3 Replacement 2020-11-17 14:56:24 -0600

    Sign the Line 3 Support Petition

    We have submitted the below petition to various decision makers during the permitting process for Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project. The most recent submission was in July 2021 to President Joe Biden with 6,261 signatures urging his administration to honor key permits for Line 3 amid pressure from opposition groups for revocation or suspension.

    Further delay on this critical project jeopardizes thousands of jobs, many belonging to Local 798 members. We will continue to collect signatures on this petition in anticipation of new advocacy opportunities. Add your name now!

    I proudly support the Line 3 Replacement Project. Once in operation, Line 3 will provide a much-needed update to Enbridge’s Mainline System, ensuring that it continues to safely transport energy required to meet growing demands from eastern Canada to the Gulf Coast.

    The project has already undergone unprecedented environmental review, culminating with the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which was based on the most extensive environmental study of a pipeline project in Minnesota state history. After careful review of the FEIS, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has approved the certificate of need, route permit and environmental review for the project, and I believe other permitting agencies should offer similar support for the following key reasons:

    • Enbridge has demonstrated plans to restore 99.98% of the potential wetland impacts during construction;
    • Replacing aging infrastructure is critical in order to safely meet the region’s growing demand for reliable energy;
    • Construction will support approximately 1,500 jobs in Minnesota alone;
    • Project activity will generate critical tax revenue in each county the project intersects while providing a multi-billion-dollar boost to the regional economy.

    The people of North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin deserve the tremendous economic and energy benefits associated with this critical infrastructure project. This is why I support the Line 3 Replacement Project and urge swift approval of necessary permits and certifications.

    Signed, 

    Line 3 Replacement Project Supporter


    **Local 798 may submit your signature to state and federal regulatory bodies, elected officials and other decision makers in support of the Line 3 Replacement project.**

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