Over 17 months beginning in August of 2012 TransCanada spent $2.3 billion to build a 485 mile pipeline from Cushing, Okla. to the Gulf Coast. Here are seven important outcomes:

  1. TransCanada’s $2.3 billion infrastructure investment over 17 months turned into $5.7 billion in economic activity for Texas and Oklahoma (Texas: $3.6 billion, Oklahoma: $2.1 billion).
  2. The economic activity from Gulf Coast construction supported $1.04 billion in labor income in Oklahoma and $1.7 billion in Texas.
  3. 50 contractors located in 19 states were utilized to provide parts and services during construction.
  4. A locally owned Texas small business provided 30,000 pounds of ice a week to construction workers to keep them cool and hydrated.
  5. Construction required 11 million hours of labor from 4,844 construction workers, heavy equipment operators, welders, laborers, transportation operators, environment, safety and quality control inspectors and supervisory personnel.
  6. In Texas, Delta and Wood counties saw over 20% of personal income stem from Gulf Coast Pipeline construction. In Oklahoma, seven of the eight counties saw more than 20% of their personal income derive from pipeline driven economic activity.
  7. Even after building the Gulf Coast Pipeline, the United States still lacks the necessary pipeline infrastructure to keep pace with energy development happening throughout North America.