TransCanada Corp. wasted little time in responding to President Donald Trump’s executive order to revisit its long-delayed project. The company announced Jan. 26 it has submitted a Presidential Permit application to the U.S. Department of State for approval of the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline.
“This privately funded infrastructure project will help meet America’s growing energy needs, as well as create tens of thousands of well-paying jobs and generate substantial economic benefit throughout the U.S. and Canada,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and CEO. “KXL will strengthen the United States’ energy security and remains in the national interest.
“The project is an important new piece of modern U.S. infrastructure that secures access to an abundant energy resource produced by a neighbor that shares a commitment to a clean and healthy environment,” he added. “Numerous studies have shown that pipelines are a safer and more environmentally sound way to transport oil to market than trains and KXL raises the bar on both fronts.”
Enhanced standards and the use of the most advanced technology will help ensure KXL will be built and operated to uphold our fundamental commitment to safety and the communities we serve, the company said in a statement.
Independent forecasts by the U.S. Department of State estimate that KXL will support tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs and associated income during construction and contribute approximately $3.4 billion to U.S. GDP.
TransCanada employees live in 38 states where the company operates in across the United States, according to the statement. The company is committed to working productively with all stakeholders and tribal leaders as this project moves forward. KXL will benefit American workers, their families and the communities they live in as well as the U.S. economy. During construction, in Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana alone, KXL will generate hundreds of millions of dollars in employee earnings as well as tens of millions of dollars annually in local tax revenues providing much needed funds for community schools, hospitals, first responders and roads.