Jeffery Tigert

  • signed Dakota Access Pipeline Petition 2021-06-06 23:08:56 -0500

    Support Dakota Access Pipeline During Critical Review

    On May 21, 2021, Federal Judge James Boasberg ruled that the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) could continue operating while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts review for its Environmental Impact Statement, which is expected to be complete in the spring of 2022.

    This was a critical victory for the workforce and communities who rely on the reliable supply of crude oil that DAPL currently transports, but the pipeline still needs to undergo the latest of a rigorous series of environmental reviews. Sign our petition below commending the judge’s decision and 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 NWP 12 Support Petition 2021-05-27 16:24:28 -0500

    Support Nationwide Permit 12 in Critical Lawsuit

    On May 3, 2021, a coalition of five environmental groups filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Montana federal court, alleging that the body failed to consider environmental harms when it re-issued Nationwide Permit 12 (NWP 12) to build oil and gas pipelines across streams. Industry opponents have long argued this permit should not be used for larger pipeline projects and are using this lawsuit as leverage to add fatal roadblocks to critical projects, jeopardizing pipeliner jobs across the country.

    Sign our petition below supporting the utilization of NWP 12 for pipeline projects, as it ensures that all infrastructure meets the Army Corps’ high standards for environmental sustainability and safety, while keeping projects on schedule and securing good jobs for industry craftsmen.

    RE: Case No. CV-21-47-GF-BMM; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ 2021 Issuance of Nationwide Permit 12

    To Whom it May Concern: 

    As an advocate for responsible, efficient energy infrastructure development, I support the use of Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12 and am disappointed to see this important permit under legal scrutiny once again.

    The ability to utilize Nationwide Permit 12 is critical for the development and maintenance of our nation’s vital infrastructure projects, including gas, oil and renewable energy. This court decision could lead to significant roadblocks in the already strenuous permitting process, ultimately jeopardizing jobs for the American workforce at a time when we are just beginning to recover from the COVID-19 economic impacts.

    NWP 12 has been issued for important infrastructure projects for decades precisely because regulators understand that it ensures that projects meet the Army Corps’ high standards for environmental safety, while preventing costly delays in project development.

    This case is particularly frustrating because it is the second time in as many years that a suit has been brought against NWP 12. The U.S. Supreme Court partially reversed a district court’s decision in 2020 that the Army Corps couldn’t utilize NWP 12 because it hadn’t “adequately assessed” the 2017 version of the permit’s impacts under the Endangered Species Act. The Supreme Court’s decision ultimately reinstated this permit for all projects – except Keystone XL, of course – because it recognized the scrutiny the Army Corps places on its review process for NWP 12. We hope decision makers come to the same conclusion in this case.

    I support the use of Nationwide Permit 12, particularly for oil and gas pipelines, for the following key reasons:

    • Prohibiting certain pipeline projects from utilizing NWP 12 could require new and lengthy permitting review and cause costly delays to project development, jeopardizing good jobs for the American workforce and denying critical tax revenue to communities;
    • There is a demonstrated need for more pipelines in the U.S. to fully harness the benefits of domestic energy, specifically to serve communities that are under-served due to a lack of pipeline capacity. It is in our nation’s best interest to support a streamlined NWP 12 program that provides the needed certainty to move projects forward in a timely manner;
    • The Army Corps has reiterated that NWPs only authorize activities that have minimal cumulative adverse effect on the environment, and all NWP 12 projects that may affect listed species are subject to project-specific consultation. Therefore, the issuance of NWP 12 has no effect on species listed under the Clean Water and Endangered Species Act.

    The NWP 12 program has been critical in ensuring the efficient and safe development of infrastructure of all kinds – including renewable energy projects. The potential program upheaval stemming from this court ruling could be devastating as it threatens jobs for construction workers across the country, impedes economic growth and hinders our nation’s ability to harness our abundant supply of domestic natural gas and oil. This is why I urge those in power to protect the use of this critical permit.

    Signed,

    Supporter of the American Energy Industry

  • signed SAFER Pipeline Act Petition 2021-05-13 23:02:46 -0500

    Say NO to the SAFER Pipelines Act of 2021

    In April 2021, New Jersey Representatives Bonnie Watson Colemen and Tom Malinowski introduced the Safe Accountable Federal Energy Review for (SAFER) Pipelines Act of 2021. This bill would further complicate the environmental review process for critical pipeline projects, which will cause even more permitting delays and jeopardize good-paying jobs for industry craftsmen. The representatives introduced the bill after expressing disappointment over President Biden’s support of the PennEast Pipeline Project.

    We can’t let politics jeopardize pipeliner jobs! Sign our petition below that we will submit to decision makers with a unified message: Say NO to the SAFER Pipelines Act of 2021!

    Dear Representative:

    I stand with members of Pipeliners Local 798 in opposition to the Safe Accountable Federal Energy Review for (SAFER) Pipelines Act of 2021. This bill adds seemingly duplicative steps to the already intensive environmental and safety review process, and it further complicates permitting timelines for critical pipeline projects.

    In a statement promoting the bill, Representative Coleman argued the “current process for pipeline approval lacks the necessary oversight to protect our natural environment.” This is simply not true. The current approval process requires extensive review, including consulting with environmental experts to identify security, safety and environmental issues through scoping, and preparing documents such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements. The result of these collaborations often results in significant rerouting of pipeline paths, with the goal of developing the most environmentally responsible route.

    The PennEast Pipeline Project, for example, used input from open houses, FERC scoping meetings, public forums and meetings with stakeholders to file a reroute of its original route in 2019.

    Another argument for the bill, as Representative Malinowski claimed, is that it will ensure that environmental and safety concerns “are properly heard and considered before new pipelines are approved.” However, there are multiple opportunities for public input within the current process, including after FERC issues the Notice of Application, the draft EIS and the EA. This is not to mention the public comment periods allotted in the decision-making process for state permits.  

    PennEast, in particular, spent nearly a full year in the FERC pre-filing phase hosting more than 250 meetings, including landowner-specific informational sessions, to gather input. PennEast has also remained engaged with landowners and other stakeholders throughout the permitting process, responding to more than 1,500 inquiries.

    The review requirements in the SAFER Pipeline Act of 2021 are simply unnecessary for the following key reasons:

    • Pipeline projects under the current approval process undergo extensive environmental review that requires consultation with environmental experts to identify security, safety and environmental issues through scoping, and preparing documents such as Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements;
    • The current process allots for multiple opportunities for public input, including open houses, public forums, town halls and digital outreach;
    • The current pipeline approval process is rigorous and exhaustive. As a result, several projects in recent years, such as PennEast, have been caught in regulatory limbo, and others have even been killed all together, denying our communities good jobs, energy access and economic growth.

    Local 798 supports legislation that respects the integrity of the underlying regulations that protect the environment and impacted communities. However, after reviewing the SAFER Pipeline Act of 2021, it is clear that this bill would only further complicate permitting timelines for critical pipeline projects, jeopardizing jobs for industry craftsmen and denying communities much-needed economic activity. This is why I urge our nation’s decision makers to vote No on this bill.

    Signed,

    Supporter of the American Energy Industry

  • signed Be an Energy Voter Petition 2021-01-30 23:26:28 -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 2020-12-13 20:17:42 -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. Please sign and share the petition, so we can 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.**

  • posted about PennEast Pipeline on Facebook 2017-06-08 12:44:48 -0500
    Join me in support of the PennEast Pipeline and sign the petition! #Local798

    Support PennEast Pipeline

    The U.S. Supreme Court is deciding an eminent domain case pitting the State of New Jersey against the PennEast Pipeline Co. after hearing oral arguments in April 2021. In anticipation of possible advocacy opportunities on this front, add your name to our petition supporting this important project.

    Natural gas has contributed billions to the national economy. The Northeast has emerged as a critical region in our country’s energy future. Pennsylvania and New Jersey are poised to be leading energy producing states. Yet, it is well documented that the region does not have the necessary infrastructure to connect these states’ gas production with consuming markets. 

    The PennEast Pipeline will bring affordable, clean natural gas supplies to families and businesses in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, while providing a welcomed economic boost to the region. The infrastructure is expected to generate more than $1.6 billion in short-term economic impact, followed by hundreds of millions in annual savings to electric and natural gas customers. This is not to mention the increased tax revenues and hundreds of millions of dollars in savings consumers will enjoy when they switch to natural gas.

    There is clearly a growing demand for energy and as we look to resources to meet that demand, natural gas makes the most sense. It's reliable, cost-effective, and best of all - it's right here in our own backyard. Americans are eager for complete independence from foreign oil, and while renewable energy is a respectable long-term goal, we are not at a point where renewables are a viable option. Families simply cannot afford the costs, and our power grid cannot bank on an unreliable power source that is unable to meet our current power needs, let alone the power demands of future generation.

    PennEast Pipeline is a multi-billion-dollar private investment the Northeastern energy infrastructure, providing an opportunity to put thousands of our local laborers to work, and helping millions of Americans gain access to affordable, reliable, environmentally responsible and domestically produced energy. The benefits associated with PennEast are exactly why elected officials work so hard to develop strategies for safe and responsible pipeline development that will bring resources to hungry markets in the Commonwealth and beyond.

    I believe it is critical to the economic and energy future of our communities that our elected officials and decision makers fully recognize the significance of this proposed infrastructure. Please support the PennEast Pipeline, and encourage the completion of this project without delay.

  • posted about Petition Line 3 Replacement on Facebook 2018-04-14 10:01:57 -0500
    Join me in support of the Line 3 Replacement Project and sign the petition! #Local798

    Sign the Line 3 Support Petition

    In May 2021, a coalition of more than 300 opposition groups sent a letter to President Biden urging him to direct the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend or revoke the Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit for Enbridge's Line 3 Replacement Project.

    A revocation of this permit would cause further delay on this critical project, jeopardizing thousands of jobs, many belonging to Local 798 members! We submitted the below petition to various decision makers during the permitting process for Line 3. Please sign and share to add more before we submit this to President Biden and other key decision makers in strong support of this critical project. 

    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.**

Jeffery Tigert

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