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Illinois House Members Urge Secretary Clinton to Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Calgary, Alberta – December 23, 2010 – Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois along with 37 members from 18 other states today urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to expeditiously approve a permit for the $7 billion Keystone XL pipeline project. The privately-funded, shovel ready project would create more than 13,000 high-wage construction jobs across the United States.

The House members from Illinois who signed a letter urging Clinton to take immediate action included U.S. Representatives John Shimkus (IL-19) and Donald Manzullo (IL-16).

“The importance of the Keystone XL pipeline for American energy security and the economy are undeniable,” the Congressional members wrote to Clinton. “In a time when we need them most, the Keystone XL pipeline is expected to create 13,000 high-wage American construction jobs and generate millions of dollars in tax revenues for state and local governments. In addition, this pipeline will create thousands of auxiliary jobs by providing American energy security and reducing our dependence on other less stable regions of the world.”

An independent economic study released in June 2010 found that construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline project should provide significant, positive contributions to the U.S. economy valued at over $20 billion.

The study also estimated that during construction, the $7 billion pipeline project is expected to stimulate:

  • More than $20 billion in new spending for the U.S. economy
  • More than 118,000 spin-off jobs
  • An increase of $6.5 billion in the personal income of Americans
  • Increased gross output (product) of $9.6 billion
  • More than $585 million in state and local taxes in the states along the pipeline route

TransCanada announced plans in July 2008 to expand the Keystone crude oil pipeline system and received approval in March 2010 from the National Energy Board in Canada. When completed, the expansion project will increase the commercial capacity of the Keystone Pipeline System from 590,000 barrels per day to approximately 1.1 million barrels per day. The $12 billion system is 83 percent subscribed with long-term, binding contracts that include commitments of 910,000 barrels per day for an average term of approximately 18 years. The first phase of the Keystone Pipeline has been completed and commercial deliveries of crude oil to U.S. Midwest markets at Wood River and Patoka, Illinois commenced on June 30, 2010.

Keystone XL is a planned 1,959-mile (3,134-kilometre), 36-inch crude oil pipeline stretching from Hardisty, Alberta and moving southeast through Saskatchewan, Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska. It will link up with a portion of the Keystone Pipeline that has been built through Kansas to Cushing, Oklahoma and facilitate take away capacity from US hubs located on the pipeline.  The pipeline will then continue on through Oklahoma to a delivery point near existing terminals in Nederland, Texas to serve the Port Arthur, Texas marketplace.

Joining the House members from Illinois in sending the letter to Clinton were the following U.S. Representatives: Robert Aderholt (AL-04), John Shadegg (AZ-03), Wally Herger (CA-02), Mike Coffman (CO-6), Doug Lamborn (CO-05), Connie Mack (FL-14), Bill Posey (FL-15), Paul Broun (GA-10), Dan Burton (IN-05), Lynn Jenkins (KS-02), Jerry Moran (KS-01), Charles Boustany (LA-07), Bill Cassidy (LA-06), John Fleming (LA-04), Michele Bachmann (MN-06), Sue Myrick (NC-09), Dan Boren (OK-02), Tom Cole (OK-04), Frank Lucas (OK-3), John Sullivan (OK-01), Joe Wilson (SC-02),  Marsha Blackburn (TN-07), John Duncan (TN-02), Kevin Brady (TX-08), Michael Conaway (TX-11), Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), Kenny Marchant (TX-24), Randy Neugebauer (TX-19), Pete Olson (TX-22), Ted Poe (TX-02), Pete Sessions (TX-32), Michael McCaul (TX-10), Rob Bishop (UT-01), Jason Chaffetz (UT-03), Don Yong (AK-AL), Tom McClintock (CA-04) and Cynthia Lummis (WY-AL).

Please click on the link to access the letter that the 39 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent to Secretary Clinton

With more than 50 years' experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure including natural gas and oil pipelines, power generation and gas storage facilities. TransCanada's network of wholly owned natural gas pipelines extends more than 60,000 kilometres (37,000 miles), tapping into virtually all major gas supply basins in North America. TransCanada is one of the continent's largest providers of gas storage and related services with approximately 380 billion cubic feet of storage capacity. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, or has interests in, over 10,800 megawatts of power generation in Canada and the United States. TransCanada is developing one of North America's largest oil delivery systems. TransCanada's common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol TRP. For more information visit: http://www.transcanada.com/

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