POSTED: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 7:21pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 22, 2013 - 1:15pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — There are a lot of new in East Texas right now working on the keystone pipeline project, and it’s causing a boom for the local economy.
The Keystone XL Pipeline project has been putting people to work all over the country since 2010. The pipeline stretches across our East Texas farmland, and currently workers are constructing the pipeline in Northern Angelina County, near Highway 69 just south of Wells.
Many of the temporary workers are from all over the county, but they have made East Texas their temporary home. Laura Gife is from Minnosota, she’s been traveling with the pipeline for work, she says, "When I got here in October we were staying in Mt. Pleasant and as the pipeline moved farther south we moved to Gilmer and now we're here in Jacksonville." Gife says she loves it here, especially the weather, "I love Texas, this winter has been really nice, when you look at all the weather like where I'm from, Minnesota, this has been like a summer."
Thousands of workers from all over the country are traveling with the pipeline for work, and local businesses are benefiting.
Annie Brasel is also working on the pipeline project, she says, "I'm staying in Jacksonville, I found a gentleman to rent his travel trailer to me." After working all day Brasel says she and her crew go out to eat often at a local favorite spot in Mt. Selman; Dicks Cajun Bar and Grill. Brasel says, "Dicks is a very good place, they have been really generous with us, and helped us host parties, for our crews."
Lisa Renfrow works at Dicks, she says, "They eat a lot here, and spend a lot of other money here, so we love them!" Renfrow says they come in often, "On a regular basis, almost every day, which is great for us!”
Businesses love the pipeline workers, and they love Texas!