28 Sep '11, 11pm

Public disservice: Pipeline hearings run by Keystone XL contractor

Cross-posted from ThinkProgress Green . In a stunning conflict of interest , public hearings on federal approval for a proposed tar-sands pipeline are being run by a contractor for the pipeline company itself. The U.S. Department of State's public hearings along the proposed route of the TransCanada Keystone XL tar-sands pipeline this week are under the purview of Cardno Entrix, a "professional environmental consulting company" that specializes in "permitting and compliance." Cardno is not only running the State Department hearings, but also manages the department's Keystone XL website and drafted the department's environmental impact statement (EIS). Comments from the public about the pipeline go not to the government, but to a cardno.com email: Cardno Entrix was contracted by TransCanada Keystone XL LP ("Keystone") to do the work for the Department of State (DOS): Keysto...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/oil/2011-09-28-public-disservice-pip...

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