Keystone Critic Decried Conflict of Interest as Wife Backed Competitor

Pipeline supporters allege double standard

Lachlan Markay
The Washington Free Beacon

The wife of a leading House Democrat owned stock in a top competitor to the company behind the Keystone XL pipeline while he raised red flags about potential conflicts of interest in the government’s review of the project, documents show.

Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) was very concerned about the potential financial benefits of approving the pipeline for the federal contractor that conducted an environmental review of the project last year.

The review found that Keystone would have minimal environmental and climate impacts. Grijalva suggested that the contractor’s vague financial ties to TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, compromised the objectivity of its analysis…

…The State Department’s inspector general later concluded that there was no conflict of interest in the contractor’s environmental review.

However, Grijalva may have faced his own financial conflict even as he warned of the potentially compromised positions of those supporting the case for the pipeline’s construction…



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