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Rep. Waxman: Investigate Koch-Keystone Connection

19 Oct 2011  |   Damien Shirley

Koch Industries—the big-polluting business conglomerate—has repeatedly told Congress and the public that they have no interest in the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.

Recently, however, it has came to light that a Canadian subsidiary of Koch Industries—Flint Hills Resources Canada LP—is actually deeply involved in the tar sands trade and would stand to benefit if the pipeline were completed.

Now, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA)—the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee—has issued a letter calling on that committee to investigate the ties between Koch Industries and Keystone XL.

In his letter, Rep. Waxman notes that he previously raised questions about connections between Koch and Keystone XL, but that Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) dismissed those questions as an "outrageous accusation" and a "blatant political sideshow."

Rep. Upton has yet to respond. Koch Industries has responded by repeating their claim that that they have no financial stake in the pipeline.

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