Washington, D.C. – Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva will head a press conference with congressional colleagues and environmental leaders this Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time at the House Triangle in front of the U.S. Capitol to discuss the Keystone XL pipeline proposal and recently uncovered corporate conflicts of interests in the preparation of documents used to support it.
As the Washington Post reported earlier this month at http://wapo.st/1mss8WF:
The consultants writing the State Department’s environmental report on the Keystone XL pipeline have reviewed other projects undertaken in recent years by companies including Keystone’s owner, TransCanada, according to a department official’s letter obtained by environmental groups opposed to the Keystone project. [. . .] One of the key questions in the review centers on how [contractor] ERM responded to the question of whether “within the past three years, have you (or your organization) had a direct or indirect relationship . . . with any business entity that could be affected in any way by the proposed work?” ERM responds: “No. ERM has no existing contract or working relationship with TransCanada.”
Rep. Grijalva is leading a petition through CREDO Mobilize asking President Obama not to approve Keystone that has already gathered more than 100,000 signatures. You can see the language and an updated signature count at http://bit.ly/1k5J3Qx.
If You Go
When: Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. Eastern time
Where: House Triangle outside the U.S. Capitol
Who: Rep. Grijalva
Rep. Jan Schakowsky
Erich Pica, Friends of the Earth
Rob Weissman, Public Citizen
Maura Cowley, Environmental Action Coalition