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June 4, 2008
Smashing Success
$5.2 Billion Keystone Pipeline Officially ‘Underway’
The massive $5.2 billion Keystone Pipeline project was officially kicked off with a ceremony south east of Hardisty on Wednesday afternoon, May 28 when partners ConcoPhillips and TransCanada representatives met along with invited guests and media.

Following lunch in a tent set up near the construction site of one of three large tanks that will be capable of holding one million barrels of crude oil, TransCanada’s Steve Becker of Calgary welcomed the crowd and reminded them of the importance this project will have in North America.

Dennis McConaghy also of Calgary, representing TransCanada’s CEO Hal Kvisle who could not attend, said that “This is a very historic day” referring to the eventual moving of massive amounts of crude oil from the oilsands, across the Canadian Prairies and into U.S. refineries and on to Oklahoma. He said that this is a “valuable piece” of infrastructure in North America.

The 3,456 kilometre long pipeline should be in service at the end of next year moving crude to Illinois and Oklahoma.

County of Flagstaff deputy reeve Gunnar Albrecht said that the project will strengthen this area while Provost M.D. 52 councillor and former reeve Fritz Crone—who lives just three miles away—said the pipeline project is “a huge endeavor” and wished “all the success in the world” for the project.

Anita Miller, who is mayor of Hardisty said there will be benefits to her town which she says is growing. MLA Doug Griffiths who was not able to attend but wrote in a letter that local municipalities will reap $3.7 million in local taxes from this project and added that there will be $47 million spent in salaries for the Keystone project. Griffiths added that he hoped there would be more groundbreaking projects in the years to come in this area.

TransCanada’s Robert Jones of Calgary said “this is a special moment” in North American oil projects as they get ready to break ground. He called this area a continental energy hub that see this project flowing oil within 18 months down a nearly 3500 mile long pipeline to Cushing, Oklahoma in 2010.

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Empress of Ireland Gala Event Officially Opens at Royal Alberta Museum
A new exhibit called “Lost Ship, Recovered Artifacts” opened on May 29 at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton with connections to some people at Provost and other area communities.

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7 Graduates Honoured at Dr. Folkins Community School in Chauvin
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This week we ask: We ask "Why Are You a Kinsmen Club Member?"
. . . and we heard opinions from Kelly Knorr, Kevin Grosh, Ken Berry, Dennis Tebbutt, and Randy Olfert.
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