Keystone XL: State Dept. Cleared of Conflict of Interest, Not Ineptness

Keystone XL: State Dept. Cleared of Conflict of Interest, Not Ineptness

(Los Angeles Times)

An internal audit released Thursday cleared the State Department of major missteps and conflicts of interest in its three-year environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline.

But the report faulted the agency for its lack of expertise in conducting environmental assessments and for not doing enough to consider alternate routes for the Alberta-to-Texas pipeline, issues at the heart of criticisms of the State Department’s review.

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