Myth vs. Fact: Construction of the Keystone XL

MYTH: The construction of the Keystone XL will create few jobs with little potential for employment longevity.

FACT: TransCanada has defined project labor agreements. The Keystone XL (KXL) project will support about 20,000 jobs in the U.S. – 13,000 construction jobs and 7,000 manufacturing jobs over two years – representing work for pipefitters, welders, electricians, heavy equipment operators and other sectors in virtually every state in the U.S.[1]

Oil sands development overall is a significant job creator for the United States. According to a 2011 study by the Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI), Canadian oil sands development currently supports 80,000 jobs and has the potential to add another 500,000 jobs by 2035 when infrastructure expansion projects like KXL are considered.[2]

[1] TransCanada, Media Advisory: TransCanada Releases Detailed Keystone XL Job Creation Data, 10 January 2012

[2] Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI), Economic Impacts, June 2011

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