Big news today: a group of lawmakers in the Senate and House are requesting a formal investigation into the growing #tarscandal at the State Department. The news comes as Tar Sands Action is running ads in the Washington Post, New York Times, and online calling for President Obama to stop this “environmental crime in progress.”
Along with a letter to the State Department Inspector General asking for an investigation into whether conflicts of interest have tainted the pipeline review process, the Senators sent a letter directly to President Obama citing “serious concerns” about the integrity of the review and asking the White House to withhold any decision on the project until the inspector general’s investigation is completed, made public and evaluated.
“Given the significant economic, environmental, and public health implications of the proposed pipeline, we believe that it is critical that the State Department conduct thorough, unbiased reviews of the project,” the lawmakers wrote to Deputy Inspector General Harold W. Geisel.
To read the letter to the State Department office of the inspector general, click here.
To read the letter the President Obama, click here.
A special thanks to Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) who is leading this effort and who has consistently been a champion for the cause of stopping the Keystone XL. Senator Sanders has been a long time advocate on behalf of working people and the environment and this fight is no exception. As he’s pointed out again and again, the Keystone XL pipeline is not in the interest of the 99% and the United States of America.
With ads in national papers, major rallies across the US, huge crowds preparing for November 6, the State Department considering delaying a decision on the pipeline, and lawmakers launching formal inquires into the #tarscandal, the fight against Keystone XL is definitely picking up steam. Now is no time to let up. Let’s keep moving!