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Published: Thu, March 30, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs

Trump OKs Keystone pipeline, calling it 'great day' for jobs

President Donald Trump planned to address Keystone during an announcement on Friday morning, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on Twitter. Once the construction is complete, the project will require approximately 50 total employees in the US, 35 permanent employees and 15 temporary contractors, according to the report. "In fact you should ask for the hundreds of millions of dollars back that you paid them because they didn't do a damn thing except get you a "no" vote, right?"

Hartl add that the United States only serves as a bypass for the pipeline which stretches from the Canadian province of Alberta to oil refineries in the Gulf of Mexico where the oil will be exported.

That same report found that the pipeline would create approximately 42,100 jobs throughout the USA for the up to 2-year construction period, with a "job" being defined as one position that is filled for one year. The pipeline would link the Canadian oil sands and other oil-producing areas up north to Louisiana refineries down south. "A lot of jobs in this country are tied to energy and construction". Kerry's recommendation against the permit came after lengthy State Department reviews, and it was unclear what justification the agency might now use to explain the change of position. Score one for Keystone critics.

Many of those jobs will be temporary.

Native American communities along the Keystone XL route have similar objections to this project that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and others had against Dakota Access.

Pipelines, for their part, are largely automated. Because portions of both the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines have already been produced, the "American steel" policy will not apply to the newly approved pipeline materials.

The number of jobs tied to any pipeline, however, are not just limited to the people who run them. And after that, only a few dozen workers would be needed to maintain the pipeline. French Hill, R-Ark., praised Trump for "proving that he is serious about North American energy independence, job growth, and private infrastructure spending".

Then there's the national security aspect.

Canada is the world's sixth-largest oil producer thanks to the Alberta oil sands.

FILE - In this November 3, 2015, file photo, the Keystone Steele City pumping station, into which the planned Keystone XL pipeline is to connect to, is seen in Steele City, Neb. Much of the oil coming from Canada, for example, is now delivered by truck or rail. There is also the danger of pipeline spills or leaks.

TransCanada has been trying to expand the Keystone pipeline for more than eight years. It's also expected to be met with protestor opposition, with Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune threatening to challenge it in court soon.

Environmentalists won the early rounds, but businesses and labor unions now look set to prevail.

"We never question the jobs that this could bring and how important that is to folks that are in the pipeline construction business".

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