Keystone XL Pipeline Could Add as Few as 20, Yes Just 20, Jobs Once Built

by , 02/15/12

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In addition to the inflation of long-term pipeline jobs by TransCanada backers, the amount of jobs expected to be created on the mere construction of the pipeline seem to be grossly overstated as well. In a Bloomberg government report it was discovered that TransCanada is planning on hiring six to seven workers per mile of construction on the pipeline where most pipelines employ just four to five. They deduced that this could mean the company was overstating their hiring potential or they were planning on getting construction done quicker therefore shortening the amount of time each worker was employed. Though TransCanada remains stuck to its 20,000 construction jobs number the State Department told Congress and the President that number was closer to 5,000 or 6,000 and that the amount of “manufacturing jobs” for American factories is grossly overstated as well since most of the steel pipe to be used will be built in India and merely finished here on U.S. soil.

With big oil money pouring into campaigns in this election year this fight is surely far from over, but the news that so few jobs will be created by this behemoth of a project should toss a wrench in the giant cog that is the pro-Keystone XL coalition in Congress. The issue at hand today is stopping the current amendment to the transportation bill so Congress can’t go ahead with the pipeline without a proper review.

+ Write to your Senator to stop the current Keystone XL legislation at

Via Bloomberg News

Images by Tar Sands Action on Flickr

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  1. fcfcfc February 18, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Just say NO to Keystone XL..
    It is that easy…


  2. dvbarry February 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    It has been reported by the State of Nebraska that they currently have over 120,000 miles of pipeline so the State already has experinece with pipelines. Next, 20 employees is very low for the workers required for maintenance, pump operation, etc. Finally, overlooked is the number of refinery workers who will be able to remain at work with this new source of crude. Union workers in the US rather than in China.

  3. dynoproducts February 16, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    You people are something else. You think by stopping a pipeline you will save the world. The opposite is true. That oil is going somewhere else thru a pipeline to somewhere else. In the meantime gas is going to $4.00 a gallon and maybe higher. I have seen it happen twice during this most recent recession and It will hapen a gain. High gas prices will cause another mini recession. Everytime transportation fuel goes up, so does everything else, especially food. Don’t you care about people who do not have enough money to buy a new fuel efficient vehicle and are barley getting by. Higher fule cost will cut into their ability to pay for rent or groceries. My suggestion to you is everyone one of you who are against this pipeline, go out and buy an amarican made vehicle that get 40 mile per gallon or more. I did and I am FOR the pipeline. The best way to reduce to need for more fuel is to USE LESS. It can be done and I think you should show the world by example instead of ruining the economy for the rest of us. I am a card carrying Tea party Patriot Republican who wants a cleaner world for us and our grandchildren and we are all for solar, wind, alge and all of the other renewables but it is 10 years away before it has any reasonable effect. Before you ask everyone else to sacrifice, please respond and tell me what you are doing to reduce your need for fuel.

  4. caeman February 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Our nation’s energy security is worth the expense. Continuing to allow America to be a the mercy of foreign powers that hate us is a travesty. The development of alternate energy sources should continue, but the security of energy sources should not be underestimated. The extra supply that Canada will provide to America will force the Middle East to lower their prices from their outrageous current values. The price of gas effects the poor and low income the most, as those tend to be the people working driving further to work their low paying jobs.

    In the cry to defeat this pipeline, the cause of the poor is being lost. America needs this locally-sourced oil and it needs it now. Millions of low income families are depending on it.

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