State Department Witholds Information On Tar Sands Oil Pipeline

The U.S. State Department notified environmental groups last week that it would not grant a request for copies of correspondence between the agency and a former presidential campaign staffer turned tar sands oil industry lobbyist.

The FOIA request targeted Paul Elliott, former presidential campaign staffer of Hillary Clinton’s and current Washington, D.C. lobbyist for TransCanada, the company aiming to build the controversial Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline.

The organizations making the request suspect that Elliot is using his former position as unfair leverage while seeking Secretary of State Clinton’s approval for the pipeline.

The Keystone XL would pump oil from the Canadian tar sands in Alberta across the entire U.S. to refineries on the Gulf Coast at a rate of 900,000 barrels per day.

Communities along the Keystone XL pipeline’s proposed path would face increased risk of spills, and, at the pipeline’s end, the health of those living near Texas refineries would suffer, as tar sands oil spews higher levels of dangerous pollutants into the air when processed.

Environment and Energy Daily reported Monday that Elliott registered with the U.S. Congress as a lobbyist for TransCanada on December 16, 2010, three days after the groups publicly announced they had filed the FOIA request. This means any correspondence or lobbying that occured prior to the registration was not disclosed and inappropriate.

Marcie Keever, legal director for Friends of the Earth, characterized the State Department’s refusal to release the records as an “evasive maneuver” and stated that her organization is committed to continuing its efforts to obtain the records from the State Department despite the initial denial.

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William C
William Cabout a month ago

Thank you.

W. C
W. Cabout a month ago

Thanks for caring.

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Patricia Hughes
Patricia Hughes6 years ago

This is all about the Keystone Pipeline XL which the Republicans are trying THIS WEEK to attach to any bill passed in Congress. We need to storm Congress and the White House with Call and emails NOW.

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Tricia Hamilton
Tricia Hamilton6 years ago

I am so sick of these people who are up one another's skirts. What is right is right and what is wrong is wrong. Vote for a woman not Palin-she is a total wolf killing bitch.

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle6 years ago

If you don't know already, goggle "tar sands oil" -- it is the dirtiest oil, extracted with huge amounts of energy and water used. It is not for us, or anyone.

Barbara Erdman
Barbara Erdman6 years ago

thanx for the article

David N.
David N6 years ago

Thanks for the article. It would take a lot of money to build this pipeline. Couldn't they use that money to develope alternative energy tha would put them ahead of the other oil companies?

Kimberlee W.
Kimberlee W6 years ago

My guess is that Janet and Jay DRINK that oil. They must.
They obviously have no idea that the largest underground water table is what's being devestated for this incredibly inefficient, expensive-to-get-at oil. Meanwhile, as clean, fresh water becomes increasingly rare, maybe they can get used to drinking re-claimed water from washing machines and carwashes.

Past Member 6 years ago

well now that elliot has already received some preferential treatment...the only way for clinton to avoid a charge against her is to refuse the entire thing...which should be done anyway...why are these oil companies continuing to try to destroy our world...they should take the money they plan to use in building this pipeline and invest in R&D to find other methods of SAFE power go....but watch for clinton to speak out against it and then authorize will just depend upon her's happened before....