The State Department Inspector General announced on August 23 that an initial investigation found that no conflict of interest exists in the Keystone XL pipeline analysis. Allegations were made that consulting firm Environmental Resources Management, which participated in conducting the draft analysis of the pipeline, had ties to oil industry stakeholders. A follow-up will be conducted by the Inspector General, although details of the review have not been announced; the follow-up likely means the final approval decision will be pushed back to 2014.