Allegations that the State Department hired a contractor with a “conflict of interest” when approving they Keystone Pipeline have delayed progress on the project already, and now the State Department says that a review of the contractor’s conflict of interest won’t be completed until next year.
The Hill reports:
It’s unclear whether State would need to wait for its Office of Inspector General to release that report before deciding whether to recommend approval of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline. State did not return a request for comment from The Hill.
The news of a January release for the report raised the specter of another delay for Keystone, which is under review at State for a cross-border permit to complete the pipeline’s northern leg.
At issue is whether the contractor the department selected to perform a draft environmental review of Keystone had ties to pipeline builder TransCanada Corp.
All in all, it’s yet another delay for a pipeline whose construction has been estimated to create 5,000 to 6,000 jobs per year. And this comes despite middle-America Democrats like Heidi Heitkamp who have been publicly approving of the pipeline.