The Salt River Projects spokesperson has resigned after BuzzFeed News published a story on her role in a controversy involving the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.
The Salt, a state agency tasked with the construction of the controversial pipeline, confirmed on Monday that Stephanie Miller would step down from her position as project coordinator on Monday.
“After careful consideration, Stephanie has decided that she is no longer qualified to work for the Salt River project,” a Salt River spokesperson told BuzzFeed News.
The spokesperson did not provide further details about Miller’s departure.
The resignation follows a series of controversies in which Miller has been implicated in a series or actions that could have damaged the Keystone XL project.
Miller’s role with the project, which is led by TransCanada, was first reported by The Associated Press.
The AP story revealed that Miller had secretly met with TransCanada’s lobbyist and then lobbied state lawmakers to approve the Keystone pipeline.
According to the AP, Miller told the lobbyist she wanted to support the project but that she was “not comfortable with the political risks” associated with doing so.
Miller has repeatedly declined to speak to the Associated Press, but BuzzFeed News obtained documents showing that Miller met with state lawmakers on Feb. 6, 2017, to advocate against the pipeline.
A day later, Miller’s husband, Steve Miller, joined her to urge lawmakers to support a bill that would require a permit before construction could begin on the Keystone Pipeline.
Miller also told a group of Salt River employees in March that she hoped to work with President Donald Trump’s administration to approve construction of Keystone.
She has said that she did not know about the Keystone vote and that she would not have voted for it if she knew it was coming.
“She had never been involved in politics before, so it was kind of a shock when she got involved with this issue,” Steve Miller said in an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune.
“And that was when she started to understand the politics.
I don’t know that she ever would have been aware of the political ramifications of what was going on.”
In a statement to BuzzFeed News, the Salt said Miller’s resignation was effective as of Monday.
She said she would be available to meet with the public in the near future.
“I wish Stephanie all the best in her future endeavors,” the Salt spokesperson said.
The pipeline is part of a massive plan to move oil from Canada to refineries in the United States.
It would create a natural gas pipeline that would connect Utah and Texas.
It has also drawn criticism for the pipeline’s potential environmental impact.
A study commissioned by Transcanada, a company that owns Keystone, found that it could significantly increase greenhouse gas emissions and that the pipeline could worsen the air pollution from the construction.
A report by a coalition of environmental groups found that the project would result in “more than 1 million premature deaths” by 2025.