MYTH: “Keystone XL will only create 35 jobs.”
FACT: Keystone XL will create thousands of jobs.
The claim that Keystone XL will create “35 jobs” is entirely without merit. Our U.S. oil pipeline system supports the creation of over 20,000 jobs in the U.S. – 13,000 construction jobs (9,000 KXL, 4,000 Gulf Coast Project) – work for pipefitters, welders, electricians, heavy equipment operators and more. And 7,000 manufacturing jobs – from the pipe being manufactured in Arkansas, pump motors made in Ohio and transformers built in Pennsylvania, workers in almost every state in the U.S. would benefit. TransCanada has signed binding Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) with all major building trades unions which guarantee TransCanada will have the best and most talented laborers constructing this vital infrastructure project.
The State Department’s own review found that Keystone XL will generate just over 42,000 jobs both directly (employed on the project itself) and induced (as result of the economic stimulus the project will generate). We can demonstrate down to the single job, how many employees we require to build our pipelines.