TransCanada presents $25,000 check to Cushing Fire Department
Photo by Donna JuddPictured from left: Jim Prescott,Prescott Group LLC, Fire Chief Brent Kerr, State Rep. Lee Denney, Jon Case,TransCanada tech,Cushing, Dep. Fire Chief Chris Pixler, and Virgil Pfennig, TransCanada W.River Area Mgr.
(Cushing, Okla.) TransCanada representatives Virgil Pfennig, West River Area Manager, Great
Plains Region and Jon Case, Cushing tech, visited the Cushing Fire Department
Wednesday to present a check in the amount of $25,000 to support the department's
work to construct an industrial response trailer that will house the necessary
tools, fittings, nozzles and equipment needed at emergency scenes -
particularly those involving the oil industry.
Prescott, employee of Prescott Group LLC, an independent contractor to
TransCanada, said Senator Jim Halligan and Rep. Lee Denney were very
instrumental in getting TransCanada to make the contribution to the Cushing
Hallligan suggested the idea and encouraged the approval of the contribution," Prescott said. "He would have been here today, but he had to
be out of town. It is good to have Rep.
Prescott said it is important to TransCanada
(Keystone Project) to establish good relationships with public safety
departments, educators and those involved in public health and the environment
in the communities affected by the project.
It is noted that community relations have been and continue to be part
of Keystone's tradition. Since 2006, it
has worked with interested parties in nine states to engage local communities
along the Keystone pipeline route.
Keystone said they have been able to "engage and maintain good
relations with over 5,000 landowners and thousands of residents affected by the
project through community meetings and outreach endeavors."
Chamber Director Brent Thompson had this to say about TransCanada: "The Cushing
Chamber wants to thank TransCanada Keystone for their commitment to the City of
Cushing Fire Department. The gift of $25,000 from one of the newest
members of not only the Chamber of
Commerce but one of the newest members
of our business community shows a commitment to not only the safety needs of
their business but also to the Cushing energy industry as well as the community
as a whole.
very so very fortunate to have them in Cushing and we appreciate their
Fire Chief Brent Kerr thanked TransCanada saying, "We really appreciate
TransCanada for making such a generous donation."
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taken at check presentation: www.1600kush.com/story.php?id=4717§ion=14
possibilities: (information provided by TransCanada)
phase for Keystone Pipeline system is the proposed U.S. Gulf Coast Expansion
(Keystone XL) project. TransCanada is
poised to put 20,000 Americans to work to construct the pipeline - pipe fitters,
welders, mechanics, electricians, heavy equipment operators, the list goes
on. Local businesses along the pipeline
route will benefit from the 118,000 spin-off jobs Keystone XL will create
through increased business for local restaurants, hotels and suppliers.
$5 billion in property taxes that TransCanada will pay over the lifetime of the
project will allow counties in states along the pipeline route to invest in new
schools, roads, and hospitals. In total,
the Keystone XL project is expected to create $20 billion of economic benefits
to the U.S.
In Oklahoma, an independent
report prepared by The Perryman Group concluded that gains in business activity
stemming from Keystone investment of $848 million in the state during
construction of both phases of the pipeline would generate an estimated $1.2
billion in total expenditures, $1.1 billion in economic output (gross product)
and 14,440 person-years of employment.
Perryman Group estimated that TransCanada's investment in Oklahoma would generate $24.3 million in tax
receipts for state and local government ($21.3 million to state government, $4
million to local government).
the Perryman report concluded that with an anticipated lifespan of 100 years,
Keystone would pay more than $668 million in property taxes to local
governments, based on a present discounted value basis.
than 60 years experience, TransCanada is a leader in the responsible
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