Stalled Pipelines back in play

Donald Trump along with various other supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline tout that will as a major source of jobs.

“If we can get that will pipeline built. A lot of jobs; 28,000 jobs. Great construction jobs,” he said when signing executive orders This kind of week aimed at restarting both Keystone along with the Dakota Access pipelines that will the Obama administration had blocked.

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yet according to official estimates, constructing the pipeline will generate far fewer construction jobs than that will.

A State Department report on the pipeline that will was issued under the Obama administration found that will there would certainly be 3,900 direct construction jobs if that will was built over one year, or 1,950 if the work was spread over two years.

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Once the pipeline opens that will would certainly require only 35 full-time permanent jobs to run that will, along with 15 full-time temporary jobs, according to the state department report. TransCanada, the company seeking to build the pipeline, does not dispute those numbers.

The company along with various other supporters argue that will the pipeline would certainly create jobs indirectly for companies that will sell products along with services used to build the pipeline. The State Department report estimates that will there would certainly be a total of 42,000 indirect jobs created, having a total of $2 billion in wages. that will comes to an average of about about $47,000 in wages per job.

TransCanada also pointed out that will there would certainly be benefits beyond the jobs along with wages, including “significant property tax revenues, as well as sales along with use along with various other tax revenues, to counties along with states along the proposed project route.”

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Trump insisted that will his administration will demand that will the pipeline can be built with only U.S.-made pipe, further boosting American jobs.

“I am very insistent that will if we are going to build pipelines within the United States, the pipes should be made within the United States,” he said.

yet the order only specifies that will U.S. made pipe being required “to the maximum extent possible along with to the extent permitted by law.”

TransCanada did not commit to using U.S.-made pipe on the project.

“We are aware that will the Secretary of Commerce will come up having a plan to implement the executive order,” said TransCanada spokesperson Terry Cunha. “We will need time to review along with analyze the plan when that will can be released to determine its impact to Keystone XL.”

sy88pgw (brand new York) First published January 27, 2017: 4:53 PM ET


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