A crude oil pipeline that will run 485 miles from Cushing, Okla., to Southeast Texas should be under construction by late summer and operational in late 2013.
TransCanada, the builder of the Keystone Pipeline, is looking for workers, vendors and suppliers to help support the $2.3 billion project.
On Tuesday, TransCanada conducted a registration workshop in Beaumont, similar to others it has sponsored in other areas along the route.
“We’ll need supplies, goods and services,” TransCanada spokesman Jim Prescott said, listing fuel, tires, oil and welding sticks.
And, he said, “We expect it will create about 4,000 direct construction jobs across the 485 miles.”
More than 100 vendors and people curious about a job had signed in to the three-hour event with about an hour left to go. The presentation was at the Holiday Inn Beaumont Plaza.
The work also will require clearing contractors, right-of-way maintenance, portable rest room contractors and plenty of other services associated with a massive construction project.
Earlier this year, it looked as if the Keystone project would be delayed because of political challenges and a dispute about the route through an environmentally sensitive area of Nebraska. TransCanada had to apply for a “presidential permit,” as Prescott called it, because the overall project passes from the Canadian provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba and then into the United States.
Pipeline opponents state the crude oil, processed from tar sands, is environmentally dangerous, particularly if the oil were to foul waterways and aquifers.
Read the complete story in Wednesday’s Beaumont Enterprise
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