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Senators Voice Disappointment Over Pipeline Review Extension

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U.S. senators from North Dakota are voicing their disappointment, following an announcement from the State Department that it has extended the review period for the Keystone XL Pipeline. The extension means no decision will be made on it until after the mid-term elections.

The State Department did not give a timeframe, but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge overturning a state law allowing the pipeline's path through the state. That has prompted an ongoing legal battle, and the state's supreme court isn't expected to rule for several months. The delay will likely allow the Obama administration to avoid making a final decision until after the November election.

In a statement, Senator Heidi Heitkamp said of the delay, "It's absolutely ridiculous that this well over five year long process is continuing for an undetermined amount of time."

Senator John Hoeven added in a separate statement, "The President is either just continuing to play politics with this important decision, or he is unable to make a decision. Either way, he is hurting the American people."

Environmental groups opposed to the pipeline praised today's extension.

 

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