Keystone contractor review won't be ready before January

|By:, SA News Editor

The investigation of an alleged conflict of interest by a U.S. State Department contractor reviewing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline (TRP +0.8%) won’t be complete until January, the department's inspector general says.

The IG is reviewing whether recommendations it made in a 2012 report into conflict questions about another Keystone contractor are being followed as the department conducts an environmental review of the project.

It’s not clear whether the State Department would need to wait for the review before deciding whether to approve building the pipeline.