A protester outside the White House, demonstrating against the Tar Sands XL pipeline project on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Photo: Flickr commons.
Office of Inspector General to investigate tar sands pipeline deal
By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, November 7, 2011

A letter from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) appears to have triggered what thousands of protesters could not: a serious re-examining of the deal to secure the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

“We are disturbed by reports, such as those in The New York Times on October 7, 2011, that the State Department allowed TransCanada, the pipeline developer, to screen applicants to conduct the [environmental impact study] mandated by federal law,” their letter reads, going on to worry that the process may have been corrupted by a “conflict of interest.”

Responding to the request for an investigation into the State Dept. handling of the deal, the Office of Inspector General said it would oblige.

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