Investigation Launched into Tar Sands Permitting, Move Your Bank Day Resounding Success

Yesterday, November 6, 12,000 people circled the White House calling on President Obama to reject the Keystone tar sands pipeline.

And in big news, the Office of the Inspector General announced it would launch an investigation into bias and conflicts of interest associated with the project’s permitting.  The review responded to a letter sent in late October by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Representative Steve Cohen and 11 other members of Congress.

The Inspector General review will investigate at least a half dozen bureaus involved with evaluating TransCanada’s permit request for its 1700 mile tar sands pipeline. It will review how the State Dept handled the environmental impact analysis to make sure it and related agencies complied with federal laws.

Democratic members of Congress, led by Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), want the decision put on hold until there’s an investigation of the biased State Department environmental analysis. The State Dept. hired a TransCanada-affiliated firm to do the environmental assessment for the pipeline. 

And TransCanada admitted it’s grossly misrepresented the number of jobs the pipeline would create, which is being used by proponents as a reason to go forward with the project.

TransCanada has being saying the pipeline would create  20,000 construction jobs, but the oil-industry funded study included far-fetched jobs such as "dancers, choreographers and speech therapists," reports the Washington Post.

TransCanada CEO Russ Girling says the jobs created would actually be more like 5000-6000.

Move Your Bank Day

About a million people moved their money out of the nation’s biggest banks, for a total infusion of $4.5 billion into credit unions and community banks.

Over 650,000 people moved their money in October alone, which brought more new members to credit unions than they saw in all of 2010.

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