Tuesday, March 12, 2013

State Dept. report okaying Keystone XL linked to oil industry

The State Department study published last month okaying the Keystone XL pipeline was partly compiled by "oil-industry connected" firms, according to new reports.
The Environmental Impact Statement, as Salon noted on its release, angered environmentalists for its assessment that the project was sound and would have limited negative consequences. As DeSmog Blog's Steve Horn noted Tuesday, however, "Unmentioned by State: the study was contracted out to firms with tar sands extraction clientele, as revealed by InsideClimate News."
InsideClimate News reported that two firms, EnSys Energy and ICF International provided the State Department that basis for their claims:
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