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A Letter to the Editor of Michigan Live by TransCanada

Letter: Koch Industries have absolutely nothing to do with Keystone XL

We would like offer a response to errors in a recent letter, “Just say no to Keystone XL” published on October 28, 2013.

Koch Industries have absolutely nothing to do with Keystone XL (KXL). They are neither a shipper nor a receiver on KXL and this has been confirmed repeatedly and publicly many times.

Pipelines are by far the safest and environmentally responsible way of transporting oil and natural gas and TransCanada has one of the best safety records of any pipeline operator in the entire industry.

On any given day TransCanada ships up to 20 percent of all the natural gas used in North America through our pipeline systems. Since 2010, the first Keystone pipeline has safely shipped almost 500 million barrels of oil to refineries in the Midwest.

The first Keystone pipeline employed 8,969 workers, our Gulf Coast Pipeline which is nearing completion employed 4,844 U.S. laborers and KXL, should it receive a presidential permit will put another 9,000 back to work.

Safety is the number one priority at TransCanada and as the U.S. Department of State’s environmental analysis has reported “[KXL] would have a degree of safety over any other typically constructed domestic oil pipeline under current code.”

Despite three years of constant misinformation from opponents of KXL, an overwhelming majority of Americans polled continue to support this pipeline because they understand the importance of building new, modern energy infrastructure that will improve the United States’ energy security and pipeline safety.