As the Department of State proceeds with its 90-day consultation period to determine if TransCanada Corporation's proposed Keystone XL pipeline is in the U.S. national interest, an independent economic study finds that the construction of the project should provide significant, positive contributions to the Texas economy by stimulating over 50,300 person years of employment - a combination of construction and spin-off jobs. One person year of employment is the equivalent of one full-time job for one year.
"This $7 billion pipeline project is shovel ready and will put Texans and thousands more Americans back to work once construction begins," said Russ Girling, TransCanada president and chief executive officer. "We will invest a total of $13 billion into the entire Keystone Pipeline System - all private money with no government stimulus - to deliver Canadian and American crude oil to the U.S Gulf Coast to address the energy needs of Americans."
The Perryman Group study also estimates that during construction, the project would:
The study further concluded that once the pipeline is operational, Texas could see nearly $1.1 billion in property taxes to county and other local governments during the operating life of the pipeline - money that could be used to build new roads, schools and hospitals. Construction in Texas would consist of six new pump stations and over 375 miles of new pipeline that would cross 18 counties and is expected to employ over 3,000 construction workers.
The benefits of Keystone would not be limited to the states where it would be located. From pipe manufactured in Arkansas, pump motors made in Ohio and transformers built in Pennsylvania, workers in almost every state in the U.S. would benefit from the project and the ongoing development of Canada's oil sands. Within days of receiving regulatory approval for Keystone XL, TransCanada would begin to put 20,000 Americans directly to work during the construction phase. This includes welders, pipefitters, heavy equipment operators and engineers to construct the project that is expected to create an additional 118,000 total spin-off jobs (in person-years).
The Perryman study conservatively estimated the permanent increase in stable oil supplies the Keystone XL creates will add more than 250,000 permanent jobs for U.S. workers and add more than $100 billion in annual total expenditures to the U.S. economy.
Keystone XL would also have a significant ongoing benefit to the U.S. economy by providing a more stable, consistent and reliable supply of crude oil from Canada versus importing crude oil from volatile, unstable regimes overseas that do not share the interests and values of Americans.
To ensure the safety of Keystone XL, TransCanada voluntarily agreed with the federal pipeline regulator to an additional 57 special conditions that provide an even greater confidence in the operation and monitoring of the pipeline, including: a higher number of remotely controlled shut-off valves, increased pipeline inspections and pipe that is buried deeper in the ground.
The Final Environmental Impact Statement concluded the incorporation of the 57 special conditions 'would result in a project that would have a degree of safety over any other typically constructed domestic oil pipeline system under current code'.
If construction of the pipeline begins early in 2012, Keystone XL is expected be operational in 2013.
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