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  •  This is the 2nd Inspector General investigation (3+ / 0-)
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    cotterperson, julesrules39, DawnN

    related to Keystone contractors. The first was initiated at the request of Sheldon Whitehouse and other members of Congress, regarding the selection of Cardno Entrix as a contractor. The report was completed in Feb 2012. See this58 page report (PDF)

    See also Bloomberg's story today

    Previous Conflict
    Environmental impact statements are required under the National Environmental Policy Act, which hands the agencies overseeing the project the responsibility for assessing its environmental risks. The State Department has oversight over Keystone because it crosses an international border.
    Conflict of interest questions have been raised before in relation to Keystone, including by Friends of the Earth. An environmental review of the first route prompted complaints that Cardno Entrix, the contractor writing the report, worked in the oil industry.
    In a February 2012 report, the inspector general said while it found “specific contractual and financial relationships” between TransCanada and Cardno Entrix, “these relationships did not present a conflict of interest” because they didn’t directly relate to Keystone.
    It did question whether the State Department had the expertise to conduct NEPA reviews, and whether its protocols were sufficient to ensure conflicts don’t exist. The department said it was hiring additional staff and would implement new procedures to examine conflicts.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Wed Aug 07, 2013 at 11:43:12 AM PDT

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