Gulf Coast Pipeline Winding Down, Why Won’t Obama Approve Keystone XL?

During his long winded remarks today about the end of the partial government shutdown, President Obama talked about the economy, as if everyone’s livelihood is dependent upon a bunch of non-essential workers making it to the office. Then he said they had to immediately get to work on immigration reform (ie: amnesty for millions) and the farm bill (ie: pork for farm conglomerates). Of course, he didn’t mention the Keystone XL pipeline that he’s been dragging his feet on for years.

TransCanada announced earlier this week that the Gulf Coast pipeline is winding down, and thanked the thousands of workers who made it happen. Now they’re just waiting for the green light to create more jobs.

TransCanada Corporation (TSX:TRP) (NYSE:TRP) (TransCanada) is recognizing today the thousands of men and women who have helped build the Gulf Coast Pipeline Project, an oil pipeline designed to deliver American and Canadian crude oil to Texas refineries. The workers who helped build this project are in addition to the thousands who constructed the initial Keystone Pipeline system, and we remain hopeful that we will have the opportunity to employ thousands more on the final leg of the Keystone system – Keystone XL.

“Over the past 15 months, 4,844 workers in America have given their best efforts to building a critical, modern piece of American energy infrastructure from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas, and we want to thank each and every one of them for their efforts,” said Russ Girling, TransCanada’s president and chief executive officer. “Their dedication to working safely, building high-quality energy infrastructure and taking pride in their work has helped bring this project closer to reality.”

The original Keystone Pipeline, which has been in operation since 2010 and safely delivered almost 490 million barrels of oil, required 8,969 people to build the pipeline and its related facilities. Manufacturing of the pipe, pump stations, specialized equipment and advanced technology for the Gulf Coast and Keystone XL Pipeline projects also support about 7,000 positions.

“What now seems to get lost in the debate about building new oil pipelines is that there are real, hard-working people behind projects like this,” added Girling. “The work they do is critical to our way of life and allows them to provide for their families and contribute to their communities.” (Read More)

Well, heaven forbid we have Americans reliant on decent jobs created by the private sector instead of dependent on the government. And heaven forbid we have American energy workers working here at home where it’s much less likely they’ll be detained by the likes of a hostile country like Venezuela. Foreign news outlets have reported that they’ve been released, you know, because the US media is too busy blaming everything on Republicans.