Enbridge's economic impact on Texas
As the world’s population grows, we’ll need all forms of energy—crude oil, natural gas, renewables—to meet rising global energy demand.
As a company with both pipelines and wind turbines, Enbridge is delivering energy security and driving transformation toward a lower-carbon economy. And we’re proud to deliver economic benefits in the U.S. states and the Canadian provinces where we do business.
Enbridge’s ongoing operations, and planned projects, continue to stimulate local and regional economies. Through procurement spending, we’re helping to create indirect employment, support local businesses, and establish economic spinoffs. In 2017:
- Our growth capital spending in Texas, on such items as pipe steel, equipment purchases and replacement, system integrity-related investments, and capital leases, totaled more than $963 million;
- Our operating and administrative expenditures in Texas, on such items as maintenance costs, equipment leases, power consumption, and field personnel salaries and wages, exceeded $3.05 billion; and
- Across the United States, our growth capital spending totaled more than $3.39 billion, while our operating and administrative expenditures exceeded $6.1 billion.
Enbridge’s people live and work in communities like yours as colleagues, neighbors and friends. In 2017:
- Enbridge’s workforce included 2,300 Texas-based permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year’s end;
- Enbridge paid more than $189.2 million in base salary to our Texas-based permanent and temporary employees—much of that injected directly into the state economy; and
- On a national scale, Enbridge had an American workforce of 5,117 permanent and temporary employees, and provisioned contractors, at year's end, and paid nearly $393 million in base salary to our permanent and temporary employees in the U.S.
Enbridge’s presence in the community fuels quality of life through ongoing tax revenue. In 2017:
- Enbridge paid $32.4 million in property tax for its pipelines and related facilities, such as storage facilities, pump stations, and natural gas processing and treating plants, in Texas;
- Enbridge paid $39.9 million in sales-and-use taxes, $312,600 in corporate income tax, and $626,400 in other taxes (including payroll tax, fuel tax, and excise tax) to the state of Texas; and
- On a national scale, Enbridge paid $453.5 million in property taxes, $75 million in sales and use taxes, $22.2 million in corporate income tax, and $49.9 million in other taxes (including payroll tax, fuel tax, and excise tax) across the U.S., for a total of $600.8 million.
This revenue can be used for schools, infrastructure (roads and bridges), health and wellness, recreation, transportation and other services that help strengthen the fabric of the community.
Enbridge is committed to supporting and strengthening the communities near our pipelines and facilities, and being a good neighbor means the world to us. In 2017:
- Enbridge invested $2,070,425 in community-strengthening initiatives across Texas—and supported numerous not-for-profit agencies in the state—aligned to our three focus areas of health and safety, environment, and community;
- Across the U.S., Enbridge invested nearly $7.1 million in communities near our pipelines, projects and facilities, supporting initiatives that focus on health and safety, environment, and community;
- Enbridge’s various employee-driven United Way campaigns from across the U.S. and Canada (including campaigns in Houston, North and East Texas and the U.S. Gulf Coast totalling $1.8 million) raised $7.2 million. That total, which includes employee donations, special events, and corporate matching, will help sustain community outreach, poverty reduction, and educational initiatives being coordinated by United Way chapters near Enbridge’s projects and operations;
- Through the Our Community Partners program, Enbridge employees volunteered over 12,000 hours for causes they care about; in recognition of their efforts, we contributed nearly $136,000 in volunteer grants to organizations in the U.S. and Canada; and
- Our Helping Hands in Action program awarded nearly $268,000 in grants, and $656,800 in matching gifts, and completed more than 350 employee-led projects focused on improving quality of life in communities.
*—All amounts are based on annual forecasting estimates which, while reasonably accurate, may not align precisely with procurement spending totals reported elsewhere by Enbridge and may not reflect actual amounts spent.