A NJ.com letter to the editor suggested that TransCanada had not been forthcoming about the number of jobs Keystone XL would create but nothing could be further from the truth.
TransCanada has been very open, clear and consistent about the number of jobs it will take to build Keystone XL. The labor needed to build a state-of-the-art energy infrastructure project like Keystone XL requires highly skilled and well-trained men and women. That is why TransCanada has signed Project Labor Agreements with North America’s largest building trades unions, to ensure we employ the best and the brightest in the field. These jobs are well-paying. In fact, over the course of construction more than two billion dollars in wages will be earned and millions of hours will be logged. For the union workers waiting for this project to receive approval, that means health care benefits for another year, it means retirement benefits and it means money in their pockets and food on their tables.
The 13,000 jobs figure represents the number of positions required to build the Gulf Coast Project and Keystone XL. The Gulf Coast Project, which went into service in January of this year employed 4,844 men and women. Keystone XL will directly employ approximately 9000 more. We know this because the first Keystone Pipeline, which is roughly the same length, employed 8,969 laborers. We’ve also broken down the number of positions required per each spread of the project right down to the individual job. We know exactly how many people it takes to build pipelines the size of Keystone XL because we’ve been building them in North America for more than 60 years.