14 Oct '11, 4pm

House members say Keystone XL approval process is tainted:

Twenty members of the House of Representatives have signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, asking her to reject the Keystone XL pipeline on the grounds that the approval process has been tainted by conflicts of interest. The legislators are worried about reports that the State Department hired a TransCanada-affiliated firm to do the pipeline's environmental evaluation. "These relationships alarmingly suggest that the process may not have been objective," they write, "and this decision is too important to be clouded by even the appearance of impropriety." Just to refresh, contractor Cardno Entrix said the pipeline will have "limited" effects on the environment. But Cardno also considers TransCanada a major client, a fact that the State Department seems to have glossed over. TransCanada even paid the company for assessing Keystone XL's environmental impact. T...

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