Where are the Keystone XL pipeline whistleblowers?

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In a new article published in the Washington Spectator I note the importance of whistleblowers in the context of the controversy over the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline would bring up to 830,000 barrels of tar sands crude oil a day from Canada to the Texas Gulf coast. James Hansen of NASA (winner of this year's Ridenhour Prize for Courage) has said development of the tar sands would indicate that "either governments don’t understand the situation or that they just don’t give a damn." The apparent conflicts of interest in the relationships among the State Department, contractors who drafted the environmental impact statement for the pipeline, the company that would build it, and the oil companies that would use it only intensifies public distrust. Where are the whistleblowers who will inform the public what is going on behind the scenes in these cozy arrangements?

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One Response to Where are the Keystone XL pipeline whistleblowers?

  1. This is an excellent question, and to the point. There has GOT to be not just one, not just a few, not just a dozen, but more employees, contractors, consultants, etc. who KNOW the behind-the-scenes goings on, and at the very least SUSPECT illegal activity, immoral activity -- bribes, conflicts of interest, extortion, or maybe just overlooking state or federal regulations and hoping no one notices. You know who you are! Step up. Speak out. Make it your priority. Your back WILL be covered - there are plenty of resources, legal and other, to protect whistleblowers. Come out, come out, wherever you are! Heroism, pride, and a clean conscience await you.

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