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    divineorder

    The new environmental assessment will be a key part of the State Department's report when it is sent out for public comments.

    And that assessment will be a key part of the report sent to the White House.

    If TransCanada loses, I bet they'll go to court immediately to say the assessment wasn't good enough because of conflict of interest problems--even though they would, logically speaking, be the beneficiary of the conflict of interest.

    I don't know who can go to court to challenge the decision if TransCanada wins approval, but surely somebody can do so.

    If the contractor truly had a conflict of interest that was undisclosed, State should be hiring a new contractor--who might have to start from scratch.

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