Watchdog Finds No Bias In Keystone Enviro Review

Law360, New York (February 9, 2012, 8:19 PM EST) -- A government watchdog found Thursday that the State Department had not been improperly influenced by TransCanada when selecting a third-party contractor to review the environmental impacts of the energy company's proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

The State Department inspector general's report, which also criticized the government's system for choosing independent contractors as vulnerable to potential conflicts of interest, provided fodder for supporters and foes of the project. Despite the weaknesses in the system, in which applicants like TransCanada propose three contractors for the government to choose between,...
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