IG Affirms Keystone Process

Assistant Inspector General for Audits Norman Brown released a report February 26 affirming the State Department’s selection of Environmental Resources Management Inc. to conduct the environmental analysis for the Keystone XL pipeline. He found that the agency’s conflict of interest review was effective and that the decisions made regarding the company were reasonable.

Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program Launched

The Department of State, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Export-Import Bank launched an Asia-Pacific Clean Energy Program February 27. The initiative, launched under the U.S.-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership, will bring the agencies together to make $6 billion available in loans, insurance, project preparation, and technical assistance support to enhance large scale energy partnerships.