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Bloomberg breaks the good news that the Obama administration is probably delaying the decision on Keystone XL pipeline until 2014. Seems that they are bogged down in the investigations into conflicts of interest, improper financial ties and downright lies. Doesn't appear that even delaying until 2014 is giving enough time.
The State Department’s Office on the Inspector General announced Friday that it was reviewing whether recommendations it made in a separate February 2012 report into conflict questions about another Keystone contractor are being followed as the department conducts an environmental review of the US$5.3-billion project.

That review won’t be completed until January, Douglas Welty, a spokesman for the watchdog agency, said in an e-mail. The inspector general’s office earlier this month said it opened an inquiry into allegations made by Friends of the Earth and other Keystone critics that ERM Group Inc., which is writing the supplemental impact statement, has financial ties to TransCanada Corp., Keystone’s sponsor.

This is good news for many reasons. For one, looks like the Obama administration and State Department (which is responsible for decision) are taking criticism of the State Department Environmental Impact Study seriously and any delay gives more time to find reasons not to go forward with construction.

Originally posted to Climate Change SOS on Sat Aug 24, 2013 at 06:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Gulf Watchers Group, Good News, and Daily Kos.

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