Monday, July 18th, 2011

UPDATE – We Respond to the LA Times Regarding Keystone XL

Correcting the Record at the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times deserves credit for correcting an falsehood that partisan activist groups have been trying to spread about Koch Industries.  Contrary to what groups like Sierra Club have been asserting, Koch has no involvement with the Keystone pipeline project.

Here is the published correction from the Times:

For The Record; Los Angeles Times Friday, July 15, 2011

Correction; A July 11 Op-Ed on what President Obama can do to reassert his environmental credibility said that the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline was “backed” by the Koch brothers. Koch Industries says it has no involvement in the project and has not taken a position on it.

Dear Editor:

A piece that appeared on the op-ed page written by Michael Brune [How President Obama can reclaim his green cred; June 11] contains an error in reference to Koch. The essay asserts that “The administration is weighing whether to approve the Koch brothers-backed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring dirty tar sands oil from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.”

Koch is not involved in the Keystone Pipeline project in any way as we have stated publicly and as has been widely acknowledged. This is not a matter of opinion since there are no facts to the contrary. Mr. Brune’s statement is simply and demonstrably false.

It is troubling that the Times would permit an activist like Mr. Brune to make aspersions without rudimentary fact-checking. I am curious to know how this got past the editors. In the meantime, I request a formal, published correction on that point. Thank you and I’ll look forward to your response.


Melissa Cohlmia
Director, Corporate Communication
Koch Companies Public Sector, LLC

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