Heitkamp on Keystone XL Pipeline report
February 27, 2014
U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp today released the following statement regarding the State Department's Inspector General clearing the State Department and Environmental Resources Management (ERM) from any conflict of interest in evaluating the Keystone XL pipeline.
Late last month, ERM and the State Department completed the final Environmental Impact Statement for the Keystone XL pipeline.
"Today's report shows proper measures were taken in vetting and selecting ERM to assist in preparing the required environmental evaluation for the Keystone XL pipeline," said Heitkamp. "In fact, in some cases, the Department actually made the selection process even more stringent for ERM than prescribed. This report finally puts this issue to bed. Another box has been checked in this long, exhaustive process, and the evidence again shows that we must continue toward final approval of the Keystone XL pipeline without delay. As I have said – and will continue to reiterate – this project is in our economic, national security, and energy interests. And it hurts us all when the delays on it continue." F