Gulf Coast pipeline construction comes to Texoma

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

DURANT, OK - The Gulf Coast phase of the Trans-Canada pipeline project is set to start construction in Texoma this summer. Today Jalah Gray talked with a project director visiting Durant about what it will mean for local communities.

TransCanada's Jim Prescott says there are several major benefits that come with the building of this pipeline.

"Lot of jobs, lot of taxes a lot of business for local companies, suppliers, vendors, services." said Prescott.

"In Oklahoma we're dependent upon sales tax."

Durant Mayor Jerry Tomlinson says a few years ago a gas line project that came through Bryan County drove sales tax revenue to a record high.

"As a matter of fact Durant has not exceeded those numbers since." said Mayor Tomlinson.

A work site that will be set up just outside Durant city limits will bring jobs and pump money into the economy, but Prescott says the pipeline will also strengthen U.S. energy security.

"Every barrel of oil we get from Canada is one less barrel of oil that we have to get from Venezuela or Saudi Arabia or other less than dependable less than reliable sources of oil." Prescott said.

Prescott says there are more refineries from Corpus Christi to the Mississippi river than anywhere else in the world.
And when that supply chain of oil is disrupted it sets off a negative domino effect through the U.S. Economy.
He believes pipelines may have prevented some major issues during the hurricanes of 2005.

"The problem when we saw the price at the pump go up almost over night, by a lot, was not because those refineries were damaged it was because all those tankers were sitting out in the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic ocean and they couldn't get in." said Prescott.

TransCanada is currently working out the details for the connection from Cushing through Bryan County down to the Gulf.

"That's the project we're proceeding with now, and we look to start construction with the Gulf Coast project sometime later this summer, some time in August." said Prescott.

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  • by make a left at N Dakota on May 11, 2012 at 04:56 PM
    We don't need this pipeline to go all the way to Canada, but why not? In case anyone missed it, and you did if you pay attention to the O administration, the Green River formation in Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana was found to have 1.5 TRILLION barrels of recoverable oil, or equivalent to the rest of the global reserves combined and around 50 years worth of US consumption. Most of it is under federal land. There was a GAO report published this week on the subject. This idea that we have no oil is just plain BS. Our President continues to say we have 2 percent of the global reserves. He is a LIAR! And you have to ask yourself why? With proper management and budgeting, this could go a long way to restoring prosperity, but we have to get new leadership that isn't hostile to the resource.
  • by Anonymous on May 10, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    Hard to believe there are this many people who can find fault in a badly needed project that will bring some real prosperity to a place that so badly needs it.
  • by Pipeliners Wife Location: Oklahoma on May 10, 2012 at 12:45 PM
    I just want to say that I hope not everyone believes them when they say this will bring several jobs in. The pipeliner business is booming, but this pipeline will be built by only Union workers. They will bring all these welders in to build this one. So none of the local pipeliners will even have a chance unless they want to go Union. Just throwing that out there.
  • by Keith Location: Bonham on May 10, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    I remember the last pipeline coming through Bryan County. The large trucks with equipment trashed many of the county roads and bridges. Gross dollars spent don't always equal net value to area. This will be a bump of total dollars for one year then the cost will be dealt with for the next five to ten years
  • by Doomday Demons on May 9, 2012 at 07:30 PM
    Oh those evil Republicans! How dare them promote Capitalism and God forbid an oil company make any money! What do you people want? Really! What will make the Democratic party happy? If you want .50 gas and equality for all you're living in a dream world. Maybe we should all just work for the same pay and drive the same cars and eat the same food at the same resturants and all millionairs should be forced to leave because they might be a Republican or work for an evil oil company! Those stupid people!!! LIES LIES LIES THE END IS NEAR KILL REPUBLICANS FOR MAKING MONEY AND KEEPING THE POOR MAN DOWN IT'S ALL SOMEBODY ELSES FAULT MY LIFE IS MISERABLE!!!!!!
  • by Jerry on May 9, 2012 at 04:40 PM
    democrats had control of the senate and congress for the first 2 years obama was elected why didn't he do something then. oil prices are controlled by opec not the republicans
  • by Aware of the Lies on May 9, 2012 at 03:24 PM
    The temporary boost to the area won't pay for the destruction to the environment just to build and ship Canada's dirty, dirty oil to China. The US has no use for tar sands oil - it makes crude look refined. Shame on Canada for destroying pristine environment to make a buck. Shame on US for allowing this to cross our land just because Canada didn't want the tankers in their harbors. It won't do anything for the price of our gasoline. Stupid people.
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      by Anonymous on May 10, 2012 at 05:11 AM in reply to Aware of the Lies
      Wow! I wish we were all as smart as you.....or at least as smart as you think you are....
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        by Joe Bill on May 10, 2012 at 12:08 PM in reply to
        Anonymous if you owned the land this pipe line is going down on you probably would not be as smart as you think you are.
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          by OKIE on May 21, 2012 at 08:20 AM in reply to Joe Bill
  • by lefty Location: durant on May 9, 2012 at 03:18 PM
    These pipelines are real high pressure they always leak goodbye clean water that oil goes on the world market wont drop our price check cancer rates in louisiana
  • by constitution Location: sherman on May 9, 2012 at 02:49 PM
    This oil is "dirty oil" and is to be shipped to China. We have more oil in West Texas than we can use, but no pipeline to the coast??? What you "the voters" fail to realize is that the oil companies are owned by republicans, and so are the speculators. They have more than doubled the price of fuel since Obama took office, intentionally slowing the economy, & getting rich in the process. If we had a democrat house/senate, perhaps the president could accomplish something. Though I don't agree w/ every thing he's tried to do (healthcare, his poorly conceived economic stimulus, etc.) I don't hate him because he's black, like many of you do. He may not do everything correctly, but at least he's honest, and I'm not sure any of the republican candidates can say that.
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      by Anonymous on May 9, 2012 at 04:33 PM in reply to constitution
      Thanks for enlightening us that the high fuel prices are the Republicans fault. We all knew it couldn't be Obama's fault - nothing is!!! BTW, fuel prices have come down significantly in the past 2-3 weeks. Is that due to the Republicans? Oh no, that's a good thing so it HAS to be something Obama did. You liberals are a bad, misguided joke!!!
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      by Get Real on May 9, 2012 at 04:40 PM in reply to constitution
      Sigh....great! Pull the ol' race card when all else fails. Let me inform you of something since you obviously don't understand, Obama did NOT get into office with the black vote, it was the white vote that put him there. Isn't that funny how all of these black-hating racists voted him into office? As far as the "at least he's honest", I hope you are joking. If not, remove your blinders and give common sense and logic a whirl. We all love his honesty about things like fast & furious, the transparent government, the awesome uniting of the country he has done, the overwhelming sense of accountability he has shown (notice he nevers blames Bush or the Republicans for his failures), etc. Geeezzz, do you live under a rock?
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      by MORE PIPE LINES PLEASE on May 9, 2012 at 06:11 PM in reply to constitution
      ARE YOU INSANE? what has he done to help the united states? raise the prices of gas and everything we have to use to live. good lord he cant even provide proof who he is. and you want 4 more years of non intelligent people in the White house? and if they think he is honest why doesnt he prove documents to who he is? he cant not tell the truth at all. we need someone that has commen knowledge of what is going on here.
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        by Anonymous on May 10, 2012 at 04:00 PM in reply to MORE PIPE LINES PLEASE
        It is now "commen" knowledge that you are an idiot.
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      by Willie on May 9, 2012 at 07:19 PM in reply to constitution
      I agree with most of that, but you might want to check the numbers put out by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office on the stimulus. Between the stimulus and the auto industry bailout, hundreds of thousands of American jobs were saved keeping the unemployment rate way lower than what we would have seen without them. As far as this pipeline, the local oil companies have said that it will free up the oil surplus/bottleneck at the Cushing refinery which will make it easier to get the oil to the coast, and into the global market. This will have an adverse effect on our gas prices in the middle of the country. We now enjoy paying about a dollar a gallon less than they do on the East & West coasts. That will no longer be the case when our local crude is pumped to the more profitable global markets.
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        by Anonymous on May 10, 2012 at 07:12 PM in reply to Willie
        How do you prove 'saved jobs'? Had GM been allowed to go broke as it deserved, do you think the demand for cars would have gone unmet? Since when has that ever happened? Don't you think Ford would have thrived, someone would have bought GM or it's profitable assets and cranked out whatever it takes to meet demand? The auto bailout was a Union favor, it had noting to do with business. The stimulus was a financial institution bailout to keep the corrupt system in place that has been legislated into being too big to fail. They are back to making billion with free money from the fed just to keep some appearance of a sustainable economy. 3 trillion borrowed just to keep up appearances.
  • by Mr Kerry Location: North Texas on May 9, 2012 at 01:32 PM
    At Least it is something positive for the people, so Don't Tell Obama... Or that pipe will be making a Big U turn right back to canada.
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