KEYSTONE PIPELINE: U.S. PAYS FOXES TO ASSESS HENHOUSE AS
By William Boardman
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So it turns out that friends of the oil industry wrote the environmental impact statement issued by the State Department about the Keystone XL pipeline on March 1. That's the report that assured people tar sands oil was going to be developed no matter what and anyway, climate change wouldn't hurt the pipeline.
And it turns out that at least one of the several oil-friendly corporate authors was apparently paid by Trans-Canada, the corporate applicant for -- and the owner of -- the Keystone pipeline.
And it also turns out that the State Dept., while noting (on page 1.5-1) that as "the lead agency, the Department directed the preparation" of the impact statement, the title page lists only one person, Genevieve Walker, as "Project Manager," along with more than 14 cooperating and assisting government agencies -- and no reference to any other possible direct or indirect report authors.
And it further turns out that the State Dept., without giving credit to specific contributors for specific sections, does include -- at the end of volume 2 of 4-volume, 2,000-page report -- a "list of preparers," 58 of them, almost all from three, private oil industry consulting firms.