Keystone and Northern Gateway: Union Support

The president of the U.S. Building Trades Department of the AFL-CIO issued a press release on February 13 calling for the immediate approval of the pipeline. In “President McGarvey Joins API President Jack Gerard for Joint Appeal for Keystone XL Pipeline Project”, the union states: “Keystone pipeline is critical to our domestic energy industry. And our domestic energy is proving to be critical to the re-awakening of the American economy.” See:http://www.bctd.org/Newsroom/Latest-News/President-McGarvey-Joins-API-President-Jack-Gerard.aspx. A press release from their Canadian counterparts on January 15 indicates that the position is similar for Canada, though it is specifically about a different pipeline. “Northern Gateway project an enormous opportunity for Canada’s building trades”, includes endorsements for the Northern Gateway pipeline from Robert Blakely, Director of Canadian Affairs, Building Trades Department of the AFL CIO and John Telford, Canadian Director for the United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters. See:

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