Sec. Kerry: Investigate the conflicts of interest in the Keystone review
Since it was published in March, the State Department’s environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline has come under intense criticism from environmentalists, the scientific community and the administration’s own EPA for failing to take into account the climate impacts of the pipeline.
Now we know why -- the contractor hired to write the review has a close working relationship with TransCanada and the oil companies that stand to benefit if the pipeline is built.
Friends of the Earth has revealed that the contractorhired to write this review, Environmental Resources Management, lied to the State Department when it declared that “no conflict of interest exists for working on this project”. What’s worse, no one at the State Department bothered to check whether this assertion was true. It turns out that the company has been working with TransCanada and Exxon Mobil on another pipeline project and that they have deep ties to many of the oil companies that are licking their chops, hoping for a chance to more fully exploit the Canadian tar sands.
Ever since TransCanada first applied for a permit to build the Keystone pipeline in 2008 the State Department’s handling of the review has been plagued by conflicts of interest, insider influence and a heavy pro-pipeline bias. Rather than being an impartial judge of whether the Keystone pipeline is in the national interest, the State Department has acted liked Big Oil’s best friend in Washington.
Send a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry demanding that he restart the Keystone XL review process, fire Big Oil's contractor and investigate these blatant conflicts of interest.