State Department Inspector General Releases Findings on Keystone XL Assessment
[Washington, DC] The State Department office of Inspector General released findings today in its investigation into agency mismanagement in contracting ERM, a consultant with ties to the oil industry, to draft the Keystone XL environmental review. On February 12 the Sierra Club submitted detailed evidence to the Office of Inspector General of conflict of interest and mismanagement that undermine the integrity of the review. There is no indication in today’s report that the Inspector General considered this evidence.
In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:
“The Keystone XL tar sands pipeline fails President Obama’s climate test, and today’s Inspector General report does nothing to change that.
“In preparing its environmental review of Keystone XL, the State Department’s industry insider consultants downplayed the significant damage tar sands would have on the climate, and virtually ignored the carbon reduction targets in the president's own climate action plan.
“The decision on whether to bring dirty tar sands through our heartland remains with President Obama and Secretary Kerry. We are confident that they will look beyond the flawed environmental assessment, and reject tar sands. Until then, the Sierra Club and our 2.4 million members and supporters will continue to fight dirty tar sands.”