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We want to engage you in a dialogue about Keystone XL. Below are some commonly asked questions about Keystone XL. We encourage you to reach out with your own.
What is Keystone XL?
Keystone XL is a 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline, beginning in Hardisty, Alberta, and extending south to Steele City, Nebraska. The project will create thousands of much-needed jobs for Americans, increase tax benefits for counties and communities, and provide a safe, secure, reliable source of energy to help fuel the everyday lives of Americans.
Why is Keystone XL needed?
Keystone XL will be a key component to a much needed refocus on U.S. infrastructure, while also producing thousands of well-paying jobs and substantial economic benefit to local communities and the U.S. GDP.
What permits are still required for Keystone XL?
Keystone XL still requires federal Bureau of Land Management permits and authorizations in Montana.
How soon can you have the project constructed and operational?
Construction of the project is expected to start after acquiring the remaining outstanding permits. As a result, the project is planned to be placed into service within two to three years of the start of construction.
What is the status of your easement agreements with landowners?
We are working with landowners along the route in good faith and hope to negotiate voluntary easements with all landowners. Please visit Working with Landowners for further information on our easement process.
Will Keystone XL connect to other pipeline systems?
The base Keystone Pipeline System, which went into service in July 2010, has already safely and reliably transported over 1.5 billion barrels of crude oil from where it is produced in Canada and the U.S. to key U.S. refining centers. Keystone XL will enhance this system and provide new ways to safely transport the energy to fuel Americans’ daily lives, now and in the future.
How many jobs will Keystone XL create?
During construction, Keystone XL is expected to support thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in earnings for U.S. workers.
What are the economic benefits of Keystone XL?
Keystone XL would provide substantial economic benefits to the U.S. As found in the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS), those benefits would include a multi-billion dollar contribution to the U.S. GDP and significant property tax revenues, as well as sales and other tax revenues, to counties and states along the proposed project route. Keystone XL will pay more than one hundred million dollars in property and other taxes over its lifetime. This is money counties could use to build new roads, schools and hospitals. These revenues could help to ease the tax burden on ordinary Americans. Construction of Keystone XL is also expected to contribute approximately $3.4 billion to the U.S. GDP. Read more here.
How are you ensuring safety?
At TransCanada, safety is our number one priority. Keystone XL will prioritize safety for workers, communities and stakeholders and Indigenous communities. Keystone XL will be built with enhanced standards, powerful technology and independent reviews, to ensure that it upholds TransCanada’s fundamental commitment to safety and the communities it serves. Visit our safety page for more information.
How will you minimize impact on land and water?
We are committed to minimizing our environmental impact during the development of Keystone XL. We have built pipelines in all conditions throughout the U.S. and Canada and pride ourselves on minimizing impact and returning the land to its original condition.
We employ the most modern construction techniques when building our pipelines and take precautions around roads and water crossings. For instance:
- Normal farming equipment may cross the right-of-way without restrictions.
- We are responsible for the repair of drain tiles, irrigation, or other buried utilities, if damaged during pipeline construction.
- We will minimize road impact during construction and will be responsible for repairing any road damage caused by construction.
- Under rivers we will use a state-of-the-art technique called horizontal directional drilling to bury the pipeline well below the river bed at approximately 25 feet. This will allow us to bury the pipe deeper on both sides of the river bank, offering protection from floods or high river levels. The pipe will also be made of thicker steel as it crosses the river, will operate at a lower stress and be further protected by advanced non-abrasive coatings.
Couldn’t find an answer to your question?
Contact the Keystone XL team at 1.866.717.7473 OR firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to make ourselves available through our employees in the field to answer your important questions and address your concerns.