Bryan Cave has ended its lobbying for the Canadian company behind the $5.3 billion Keystone XL pipeline, the law firm revealed this week.
The law firm filed a lobbying termination report with Congress on Monday, saying it finished its advocacy for TransCanada Corp. on March 31. Bryan Cave most recently monitored matters that included pipeline safety, natural gas transmission and climate change. Senior policy adviser David Russell and policy adviser Brandon Pollak were the last Bryan Cave lobbyists to advocate for TransCanada.
Shawn Howard, a TransCanada spokesman, wrote in an email that his company's resources and needs vary over time.
"Professionals from Bryan Cave were engaged for a period of time, but we recently determined that we did not need the same level of support from them," Howard wrote. "As a result, they updated their disclosure of clients and activities, in keeping with U.S. rules and regulations."
TransCanada spent $250,000 on federal lobbying during the first quarter of 2013. For its government advocacy work, the company used its own staffers, as well as lobbyists from Van Ness Feldman and McKenna, Long & Aldridge.
The company has faced intense opposition from environmentalists and some landowners as it seeks to secure U.S. approval for the Keystone XL pipeline, which would move crude oil from the oil sands of Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Most recently, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released a comment letter that raised concerns about a U.S. State Department draft environmental impact statement from March. The State Department had found that "there would be no significant impacts to most resources along the proposed Project route."