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API: Inspector General Report Should Clear the Way for KXL Approval

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In response to the U.S. State Department Inspector General’s conclusion that there was no wrongdoing concerning the department’s review of Keystone XL pipeline, the American Petroleum Institute said no more evidence is needed to get this job creating project built.

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API image001“The latest [Inspector General] report removes another attempt by [Keystone XL] opponents to block the project,” said Cindy Schild, senior manager of API’s downstream operations sector related to refining and oil sands. “After more than five years, all the excuses not to build Keystone XL have been exhausted. The state of limbo needs to end.”

Schild pointed to President Barack Obama calling 2014 “a year of action” for creating jobs and economic opportunities in the United States.

“Keystone XL would help the president meet that goal,” she said. “All he needs to do is say yes, and he can do so today.”

The State Department Office of the Inspector General on Feb. 26 released a review of the department’s choice of third-party contractor Environmental Resources Management to assist in preparing the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed pipeline project.

Environmental Resources Management had previous business ties to TransCanada, and opponents of the pipeline urged an investigation, according to news reports. The State Department’s internal review found that the department’s processes “avoided conflicts of interest” and “were more rigorous than required.”

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