09 Oct '11, 4am

New York Times Blows Lid Off State Department's Outsourcing of Keystone XL Environmental Review

The New York Time's Elisabeth Rosenthal and Dan Frosch today gave a lot of ink in the "Paper of Record" to the State Department's decision to hire Cardno Entrix, an environmental contractor based in Houston, to write a portion of its environmental impact statement (EIS) for the permit of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. State often hires contractors for this sort of work. The problem here is that Cardno Entrix also works for TransCanada, the Canadian company that is trying to get permission to build the 1,700 mile oil pipeline. The department allowed TransCanada, the company seeking permission to build the 1,700-mile pipeline from the oil sands of northern Alberta to the Gulf Coast in Texas, to solicit and screen bids for the environmental study. At TransCanada's recommendation, the department hired Cardno Entrix, an environmental contractor based in Houston, even thoug...

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