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He denounced accusations that the State Department was coaching TransCanada on how to get approval.

“That’s the opponents throwing mud and hoping things stick,” he said. “It’s the same level of logic as saying that TransCanada paid for their own environmental study. Well, duh, that’s what the law says. In their application, they have to do the environmental assessment. The government’s not going to pay for that, because that’s not their duty, that’s not their job.

“They’re just throwing things out there to make it look like it’s a prostituted, corrupt system that is already being dictated by TransCanada,” he added.