Friends Of The Earth Seeks Records On Keystone XL Pipeline Conflicts Of Interest

On behalf of Friends of the Earth (FoE), we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit today against the State Department for refusing to release records concerning conflicts of interest associated with the Keystone XL Pipeline approval process.  FoE has previously shown inappropriate ties between contractors working for State and TransCanada, the company that wants to build the pipeline.  FoE has also documented the close ties between lobbyists for TransCanada and high-ranking State department officials.  Although FoE submitted the most recent FOIA request months ago and sought expedited review, to date State has not released any records.  The suit seeks release of all records concerning these conflicts on an expedited basis.