Ethics investigation adds fuel for Keystone critics

08/7/2013 | Bloomberg

The State Department inspector general's office is looking into complaints that U.K.-based ERM Group -- the firm hired by the State Department to write the supplemental environmental impact statement for TransCanada's proposed $5.3 billion Keystone XL oil pipeline -- has a conflict of interest because of alleged financial ties to TransCanada on another project. TransCanada says it has no contracts with ERM, and the State Department says consultancy firms such as ERM often work in the oil industry.

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