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Congress Complains to Obama Over Alleged Keystone XL Conflicts of Interest

Work along South Delmar Avenue in Hartford, Ill., which will allow oil to be moved from the Keystone Pipeline
Work along South Delmar Avenue in Hartford, Ill., which will allow oil to be moved from the Keystone PipelinePhotograph by John Badman/The Telegraph via AP Photo

In a letter being sent today to President Obama, 25 members of the U.S. House of Representatives urge him not to release a pending supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) needed for approval of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. The legislators call for an on-going Office of the Inspector General investigation, due in February, to be completed before the release of the SEIS.

Spearheaded by Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.), the letter, a copy of which was obtained in draft form by Bloomberg Businessweek, accuses the U.S. Department of State—which is tasked with evaluating the proposed pipeline because it crosses an international border—with “overlooking” potential conflicts of interests when it accepted Environmental Resources Management’s bid to perform the SEIS. “Because of allegations that ERM lied to the Department of State to get the contract, we believe no EIS from the company—draft or final—should be accepted by the administration before these issues are resolved,” Grijalva and his co-signees write.