Construction on the Keystone Pipeline has started in Alberta.
Premier Jason Kenney announced Friday work in the province is expected to create around 2000 jobs.
“After many years of stringent environmental review, collaboration with landowners, local officials and Indigenous groups and a dogged determination to never say die, this project – essential to our economic recovery – is well underway,” he said.
“Not only will Keystone XL create jobs when they are needed most, it will strengthen continental energy security and independence by ensuring that Canadian oil – developed under the world’s highest environmental, human rights, and labour standards – continues to be a dominant force in global supply.”
Once finished, the pipeline will transport 830,000 barrels per day across 2,000 km to Gulf Coast Refineries.
Beginning in Hardisty, Alberta and spanning all the way to Steele City, Nebraska, the province will invest $1.5 billion this year and offer a $6 billion dollar loan next year.