Plains Justice staff attorney, Paul Blackburn was able to draw national attention to the lack of transparency in the emergency response system proposal for the Express Pipeline System. The New York Times ran the story February 4, explaining that Plains Justice has requested a Freedom of Information Act response from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. However, the agency was unwilling to disclose vital information concerning preparedness and the emergency response system that would be in place for the Keystone XL pipeline. Blackburn, Plains Justice and many other safety advocates are concerned that if the public is not allowed to review these plans, oil companies become less accountable to the public if/when a spill occurs. While the request has not been denied, a spokeswoman for the PHMSA said that each request is processed on a individual basis and Plains Justice request is still being reviewed.