No Debate: State Department Environmental Analysis Confirms Safety of Keystone XL Pipeline

The following statement was released today by Sean McGarvey, President of North America's Building Trades Unions, upon the release today by the U.S. Department of State of the Keystone XL pipeline Environmental Impact Statement (EIS):

"Any discussion of the Keystone XL pipeline project should center on the fact that it will be constructed by the safest, most highly skilled workforce in the world; in accordance with the strictest environmental and safety standards; and subject to a Project Labor Agreement that will ensure family-sustaining wage and benefit standards.   Read more »


Building trades unions, which strongly pushed the Obama administration to approve construction of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from the Canada-Montana border to the Texas Gulf Coast, hailed the State Department’s report finding the pipe and its oil would have no significant environmental impact. Read more »

Commentary- PolyMet proposal: The case in favor

The following commentary by Harry Melander and David Olson appeared in the January 24, 2014 edition of the Minneapolis StarTribune.

During his brief public comment during a hearing on Jan. 16 in Duluth, state Sen. David Tomassoni summed up Minnesotans’ frustration with opponents of copper-nickel mining: When is enough, enough? Read more »

New study concludes that construction contractor CEO income falls dramatically in states that adopt "Right-to-Work" laws

For those of you living in states that are contemplating the enactment of a "Right-to-Work" law, you should download a new study that has some surprising conclusions. Read more »

Minneapolis construction trends match U-area development

Minneapolis building permits totaled $1.2 billion last year, mostly for residential housing, breaking a city record and reflecting a larger migration trend — one that University of Minnesota neighborhoods mirror.

The city approved nearly $526.8 million in building permits for the University area in 2013, about eight times more than a decade ago. City officials expect the uptick in permit value to keep increasing.

Some say urban population growth can be good news, but an area's character and the city's comprehensive plan can be at risk if development is misguided. Read more »

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