Roughly five years ago, Bernie Sanders along with Senators Patrick Leahy
and Ron Wyden sent a letter to then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
The letter contained a warning to the State Department regarding the decision
to select Cardno Entrix to conduct the environmental review of
TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline XL project’s safety.
Cardno Entrix was requested to perform the environmental impact review
of the tar sands pipeline. The conflict of interest arose when the firm
had previously had TransCanada list as a major client.
In November, President Obama rejected the project and later rejected TransCanada’s
ploy to delay the President’s administration’s review of the project.
Other concerns were brought up in 2011 by the Environmental Protection
Agency who were worried about the possibility of an oil spill that would
taint the drinking water and sensitive ecosystems. They also had concerns
regarding how greenhouse gas emissions would affect the environment.
In his letter to Clinton, Sanders cited concerns over the ties that Cardno
Entrix had with TransCanada and the fact that the firm had been selected
to review the safety of the pipeline. It was a worry that they would be
bias in their decision.
At Domina Law Group, we believe that landowners should be protected and
projects like the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline can put this in jeopardy.
Our lawyers have been following this case for quite some time. We know
what steps have been taken by all parties involved and we remain ready
to protect the rights of our clients should they be affected by the project.
If you are concerned about the TransCanada Keystone XL Pipeline project
and feel you may need legal counsel, don’t hesitate to
call our firm. We can explain the case to you and help you understand your rights.