Tillerson removes himself from oil pipeline case

The US secretary of state and former oil executive has so much to gain from a new permit for controversial oil pipeline Keystone XL, that he must remove himself from the case.

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US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, former head of oil giant ExxonMobil, has withdrawn himself from discussions regarding a permit for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline.

According to State Department spokesperson Mark Toner, the minister had "decided in early February to recuse himself from TransCanada's application for a Presidential Permit," reports CNN. 

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