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State Department lawyer Benes is latest Keystone XL player to go

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WASHINGTON — A U.S. State Department lawyer who played a key role in the Keystone XL pipeline review is moving on, sources said on Wednesday, the latest departure of a senior official involved with the long-delayed project.

Keith Benes helped produce the government’s two environmental impact reviews on the Keystone XL, which concluded that the 1,200-mile pipeline might encourage Canadian oil sands development, but would not meaningfully worsen global climate change.

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