PunditFact: How many jobs would Keystone pipeline create?

9:47 AM, Feb 25, 2014   |    comments
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St. Petersburg, Florida - The debate continues over whether the Keystone X-L Pipeline will create jobs. It's a sticking point on whether President Barack Obama should approve it.

The Keystone X-L Pipeline has become synonymous with talk of job creation. Every time it's brought up, the topic becomes about how it is going to create jobs. Recently, CNN Crossfire host Van Jones brought out what he says are the actual numbers. Here's what he said:

"Then it turns out, look at the actual numbers. It turns out the actual numbers are 3,900 temporary jobs in the construction sector and 35 permanent jobs."

The Keystone XL Pipeline would stretch 875 miles from Western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. There, it would connect with existing pipelines sending 830,000 barrels of oil per day to the Gulf Coast refineries.

The Department of State issued a long and detailed report which is now sitting on President Obama's desk. That report found it only creates 35 permanent jobs and thousands of temporary construction jobs.

"So a lot of people have talked about this being a huge job creator, while it will create those construction jobs, temporarily, but when it comes to permanent jobs, anytime you build infrastructure, essentially all you're building here is a pipeline, there's not a lot of people who are required to maintain it. 35 people will maintain the pipeline, fix problems where it exists, but it's not a big job creator in the long term," says Aaron Sharockman, editor at PunditFact.

Because Jones was careful on his wording and right on the numbers, PunditFact rates his claim: TRUE.

Some of the full-time workers would work in Canada and US employees would work at pump stations along the route and at the Nebraska office. You can read the details of this fact-check here.

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