TransCanada Corp.'s proposed Canada-to-Texas oil pipeline, heralded by supporters as a major job creator, will add only a modest number of permanent positions once it is built.
The number of people needed to operate and maintain the 1,661-mile, $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline may be as few as 20, according to the State Department, or as many as a few hundred, according to TransCanada.
The company says building the pipeline will create 20,000 "new, real U.S. jobs," with 13,000 in construction and 7,000 in manufacturing. At least one estimate puts the construction job count at considerably less.
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--Jack Z. Smith