Energy Minister Sonya Savage issued this statement in response to TC Energy entering into project labour agreements with four unions for work on the U.S. sections of the Keystone XL pipeline:
“This is another important step towards the construction – and ultimate completion – of this vital project that bolsters the world’s strongest and most mutually beneficial energy trading relationship.
This project will support almost 60,000 jobs in our two countries, giving workers – sidelined by the economic downturn and COVID-19 pandemic on both sides of the border – hope and optimism for a steady and reliable paycheque for the next three years.
This agreement also ensures this pipeline is constructed by workers with specialized skill sets and the highest attention to detail, quality control and safety – further emphasizing the collective values we share for reliable and responsibly produced energy.
We will continue to work with our allies in U.S. states and the federal government to emphasize the importance of doubling down on this long-standing energy partnership that will help reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil from undemocratic, predatory nations.
The oil sands will play a significant role in meeting post-pandemic global energy demand and we will continue to do what it takes to ensure it brings Albertans the value it deserves by advocating for a reliable network of safe and secure pipelines to new and existing markets.
At the same time, we need to get North Americans back to work, and major infrastructure projects like Keystone XL, the Trans Mountain expansion project, and Enbridge Line 3 are part of the solution. Every step we take towards the completion of these projects is a win for North American jobs, energy security and independence.”
Provincial Press Release August 5, 2020 11:23 am