When the State Department released its report on the environmental impact of the Keystone XL pipeline, Brad Johnson at Grist noted that the report had actually been written by a contractor that had been paid by Trans Canada, the company building the pipeline. Now Andy Kroll at Mother Jones has more on this connection, including documents that had previously been redacted to cover up the bios of these consultants:
Experts who helped draft the report had previously worked for TransCanada, the company looking to build the Keystone pipeline, and other energy companies poised to benefit from Keystone's construction. State released documents in conjunction with the Keystone report in which these experts' work histories were redacted so that anyone reading the documents wouldn't know who'd previously hired them. Yet unredacted versions of these documents obtained by Mother Jones confirm that three experts working for an outside contractor had done consulting work for TransCanada and other oil companies with a stake in the Keystone's approval.
Read the rest of what was redacted and look at the documents at Mother Jones.