Energy Security Requires a Strong Infrastructure; Delegates at Union Convention to call for Support of Oil and Gas Development

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Delegates to one of the largest union conventions in North America will hear resolutions calling for greater oil and gas development. The United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters will debate calls for pipeline, alternative energy and nuclear power projects amid demands for energy independence.

...these kinds of projects will put thousands of Americans back to work.

In a strongly worded resolution, 3,000 delegates to one of the largest union conventions in North America will address the need for greater oil and gas development. The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, Sprinklerfitters, Welders and HVACR Technicians (UA) will take up the resolution during its convention in Las Vegas, August 8-12.

The resolution states that “the issue of energy independence is critically important to the future of the United States and Canada…and there are substantial reserves of oil and natural gas in North America [and] it is important to ensure that there is an infrastructure that will be able to handle the increased amounts of oil and natural gas…transported from extraction sites.” The resolutions cites as an example the $12 billion Keystone TransCanada pipeline, which will connect these supplies from Canada with refineries in the United States, thus generating tens of thousands of jobs and billions in tax revenues.

“Projects like the Keystone pipeline not only help reduce our dependence on foreign oil from unstable or unfriendly nations, but these kinds of projects will also put thousands of Americans back to work,” said UA General President Bill Hite, in calling for support of the resolution and a greater focus on the development of energy resources in North America.

Similar resolutions calling for action across the board on issues of importance to working families will be addressed at the convention, which will be held at the Paris Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Delegates will hear from numerous speakers, including political strategist James Carville, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, CNN commentator Donna Brazile, and Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina, as well as members of Congress, governors and industry figures.

The United Association was founded in 1889 and is a multi-craft union. UA members are engaged in the installation, fabrication and maintenance of all piping systems. The UA serves as a collective voice for approximately 347,000 members in more than 300 individual local unions across the U.S. and Canada. There are thousands of employers and contactor groups who employ UA members throughout North America.

Media instructions: Any media wishing to cover the convention, which will be held at the Paris Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, should contact Rick Terven, 410-269-2000. After August 4, media should contact Genie Ford, 703-298-7664, onsite contact during the convention.

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