‘We’re very, very fortunate’: Alberta town enjoying a mini-boom thanks to Keystone XL
Discussion posted by: Arye ben-Shaoul
In the waning days of summer, afternoon traffic in Oyen, Alta., moved slowly along Main Street, easing along the weathered asphalt, past the low brick facade of the town office, farm equipment dealer and a cafe promising fresh pie and hot coffee. But as evening approached on a mid-September day, the activity picked up again. A stream of men — some with fresh faces and others with grey hair — began trickling into town, filling up a pub for wing night, stopping to grab some Chinese takeout or picking up groceries. They’re only a fraction of the hundreds of workers who’ve arrived here recently, roughly doubling the town’s population to around 2,000.