Congressmen Cite “Many Serious Concerns” About Keystone XL

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A few developments of note on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. On Wednesday, three Senators and 11 members of Congress asked the State Department’s Inspector General to look into the review of the pipeline.

The group also wrote to President Obama informing him that they have requested an investigation. They cited the “many serious concerns” that have been raised regarding conflicts of interest—which we’ve covered here, here, here, and here.

Obama faced some anti-Keystone hecklers at a public speech on Wednesday. “We’re looking at it right now, all right?” he responded. “No decision has been made. And I know your deep concern about it. So we will address it.”

Meanwhile, the Environmental Protection Agency plans to offer additional comments on the pipeline soon, The Hill‘s E2 Wire reports. The EPA gave the initial environmental impact statement a failing grade, so their comments on the final version will be much anticipated.

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  • Kate Sheppard was a staff reporter in Mother Jones' Washington bureau from 2009 to 2013. She is now a senior reporter and the energy and environment editor at The Huffington Post. She can be reached by email at kate (dot) sheppard (at) huffingtonpost (dot) com and you can follow her on Twitter @kate_sheppard.