An emphasis on Speed

One David Bojczak posted a submission to the FERC today. It appears to be another postcard dump, this time it’s copies of 126 post cards submitted by union members in support of the pipeline.

Googling David leads you to The Conti Group, a construction company that focuses on energy projects. So his support of the pipeline makes sense.

But go on there site and you read some troubling stories. For example, they worked on a recent Transco pipeline project:

The Challenge:

Transporting natural gas around the country requires amazing efficiency and effectiveness. With thousands of miles of gas pipelines intricately networked underneath America’s soils, quality gas compressor stations, which pressurize natural gas so it is capable of moving through pipelines at high speeds, are essential to gas transportation. The Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation (Transco) asked Conti to build such a station.

The Solution:

The Conti Group worked on an aggressive, fast-track schedule to provide Transco with a quality, fully-operational gas compressor station. Our workforces performed a minimum of ten hours per day, six days per week to complete construction on schedule. During this time, the team performed all civil work, including 1,900 LF of storm drainage piping, grading, excavation, paving, landscaping, over 2,000 CY of reinforced concrete foundations, and structural work on several buildings. We also installed a 69,000 KV electrical substation generator, transformers and switchgear, grounding grids, two 7,500 horsepower Centrifugal Compressor Motors, and welded process and gas lines of all diameters and wall thickness. The work resulted in a capable compressor station constructed in quickly and cost effectively.

Conti was responsible for this turnkey project and performed construction activities, scheduling, Health and Safety, QA/QC documentation, facility testing, finished painting, cleaning, commissioning, and equipment and systems training.

Does this sound like a good idea to you? They’re building a massive natural gas compressor station. Under pressure from Transco to get it done fast, they create “an aggressive, fast-track schedule” where “our workforces performed a minimum of ten hours per day, six days per week to complete construction on schedule”.

Imagine living near a compressor station which was created by tired union workers who were pushed to work 10 hours a day six days a week.

This is the type of firm that will likely be bidding on the PennEast pipeline work should it be approved.

David’s submission is below:

David’s submission – FERC Generated PDF

David’s submission – FERC Generated PDF Alternate Site

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Mike Spille

I'm a thinker, an analyzer, a synthesizer. Maybe not in that order. I live in West Amwell NJ with my wife Kristina, our two kids Day and Z, our two dogs Fern and Cinna, and two cats Ponce de Leon and Xavier.

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