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  •  Can they be sued for conflict of interest? (3+ / 0-)
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    elwior, cotterperson, WarrenS

    From Grist:

    The State Department’s “don’t worry” environmental impact statement for the proposed Keystone XL tarsands pipeline, released late Friday afternoon, was written not by government officials but by a private company in the pay of the pipeline’s owner. The “sustainability consultancy” Environmental Resources Management (ERM) was paid an undisclosed amount under contract to TransCanada to write the statement, which is now an official government document.  The statement estimates, and then dismisses, the pipeline’s massive carbon footprint and other environmental impacts, because, it asserts, the mining and burning of the tar sands is unstoppable.

    The department’s contractor-written Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement even says the pipeline will be safe from the climate impacts to which it will contribute.

    The documents from the ERM-TransCanada agreement are on the State Department’s website, but payment amounts and other clients and past work of ERM are redacted....

    There's no such thing as a free market!

    by Albanius on Thu Mar 07, 2013 at 01:17:50 PM PST

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    •  I don't understand the contract relationships (3+ / 0-)
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      elwior, cotterperson, WarrenS

      Dept. of State had a contractor write the Draft EIS and from what I gather the same contractor did work for Transcanada and/or other parts of the oil industry.   This article seems to say that somehow Transcanada paid for the EIS in a contractual relationship with the consultant.  Is that a required procedure and burden for all pipeline applicants?

      If Transcanada and/or the consultant entered into an agreement with Department of State, if such an agreement or the products of the agreement was somehow considered fraudulent, then there is analysis that should be carried out under the Federal False Claims Act....a potentially powerful tool for citizen suits.

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