23 Feb '12, 8pm

News: State Department Sued for Not Disclosing Keystone XL Pipeline Lobbyists’ Communications

Environmental group Friends of the Earth sued the State Department today to gain access to communications between the department and a broad web of lobbyists promoting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. Alberta, Canada. Tar sands mining operations permanently damages the environment, destroying forests and wetlands, with vast drilling infrastructure, open pit mines, and toxic wastewater ponds up to three miles wide. (Velcrow Ripper / Flickr .) Friends of the Earth, represented by Earthjustice, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in October 2011, asking the State Department to release communications between the department and employees of TransCanada, the Canadian oil company seeking to build the Keystone XL pipeline, or between the department and employees of pro-pipeline lobbying firms McKenna Long & Aldridge, Bryan Cave LLP, and DLA Piper. Two of the lobby...

Full article: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2012/state-department-...

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