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Obama White House Indefinitely Delays Keystone Pipeline Decision


"This delay is shameful."

FILE - This May 24, 2012 file photo shows some of about 500 miles worth of coated steel pipe manufactured by Welspun Pipes, Inc., originally for the Keystone oil pipeline, stored in Little Rock, Ark. The US is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the Keystone XL pipeline, the State Department said Friday, likely punting the decision over the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections. The State Department didn’t say how much longer it will grant agencies to weigh in, but cited a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state, prompting uncertainty and an ongoing legal battle. Nebraska’s Supreme Court isn’t expected to rule for another several months and there could be more legal maneuvering after that, potentially freeing President Barack Obama to avoid making a final call on the pipeline until after the election in November. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File) AP Photo/Danny Johnston, File\n

In this March 17, 2014 photo Tom Rutjens walks across a field he owns in Tilden, Neb. Despite organized opposition to the Keystone XL oil pipeline in Nebraska, Rutjens is one of many landowners along the Keystone XL pipeline route that have signed agreements to let developer TransCanada run the line through their property. Many have received six-figure payments for easements and temporary crop losses while the pipeline is installed. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) AP Photo/Nati Harnik In this March 17, 2014, photo: One of many landowners who has signed agreements to let developer TransCanada run the line through his property (AP) 

The State Department will grant federal agencies an indefinite amount of time to review the Keystone XL pipeline, officials said Friday, allowing the Obama administration to avoid the issue entirely until after the fall midterm elections.

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