Monday, March 12, 2012

Congress, House Oversight Committee to launch investigation of the Keystone XL Pipeline report issued by the EPA

John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Darryl Issa, Dan Burton, Tim Walberg, and Dennis Ross hold conference regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline

By Emily Chassman and Naomi Bernstein

In a press conference on March 9, Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced the beginning of an investigation of the report on the environmental effects of the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Concerns over the report were sparked by allegations made by a former employee of Cleaner Tomorrows, a company that the EPA hired to help with the report. The owner of the company is a woman who allegedly used WBE programs to “suck up” to powerful members of the EPA.

Speaker Boehner said that the investigation is especially necessary at this time due to the state of the economy.

“The project would create 250,000 jobs in the United States as well as bring in $100 billion of revenue of key importance,” he said. #

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