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Monday, March 27, 2017

Statement Re: The Rejection of the Constitution Pipeline

April 25, 2016
Tom Owens
The Rejection of the Constitution Pipeline
WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement was released today by North America’s Building Trades Unions in response to the denial issued late Friday, April 22 by the state of New York for the construction of the Constitution Pipeline:
“By denying the necessary permitting and certifications for the construction of the Constitution Pipeline, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation ("NYCDEC") has delivered a callous blow to thousands of New York’s skilled craft construction professionals.
“To add insult to injury, the rejection of this pipeline will only worsen the outlook for natural gas and electricity pricing in many areas of New York State and New England.  Consumers and businesses in certain markets in the Northeast still pay prices that are comparable, if not higher, than the prices experienced prior to the shale revolution, particularly during periods of peak demand. 
“The irony is that the failure to address ‘bridge fuel’ shortages such as natural gas in areas like the Northeast subsequently increase the region's reliance upon environmentally unfriendly and economically costly sources of power generation.
“Furthermore, the utilization of a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) for this project would have ensured tremendous local economic benefits across parts of New York, with a special emphasis upon job and career training opportunities.  The men and women of New York’s building and construction trades unions are some of the most highly skilled, trained and safe craft workers found anywhere in the world, and they would have constructed this pipeline with a strict adherence to safety, quality and environmental stewardship. 
“The rejection of the Constitution Pipeline is just another example of a regulatory system that fails to balance and protect all public interests, including and especially those of American workers and energy consumers.”
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North America's Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 national and international unions in the building and construction industry that collectively represent over 3 million skilled craft professionals in the United States and Canada. Each year, our unions and our signatory contractor partners invest over $1 billion in private sector money to fund and operate over 1,900 apprenticeship training and education facilities across North America that produce the safest, most highly trained and productive skilled craft workers found anywhere in the world.