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State Department needs more time to review Keystone XL

The State Department is taking more time to review the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

In a media note, the department said ongoing litigation in Nebraska could affect the project. A judge struck down a state law that approved the route for the pipeline and appeals are pending.

Additionally, the department said it needs more time to review about 2.5 million comments that were submitted by the public. There was no time frame specified but the delay likely means a decision won't be made until after the elections in November.

Tribes in the U.S. and Canada are fighting the project due to concerns about treaty rights, sacred sites and the environment. They are being joined by landowners and ranchers along the route, most notably the path through Nebraska and South Dakota.

Under the slogan,"Reject and Protect," the Cowboy Indian Alliance will be camping in Washington, D.C., this week to urge President Barack Obama to reject the permit for the pipeline. Participants will march from the National Mall to the White House on Saturday.

Get the Story:
Nebraska lawsuit delays decision on Keystone XL (The Lincoln Journal Star 4/19)
Keystone XL pipeline decision postponed by Obama administration (The Washington Post 4/19)
U.S. Delays Final Call on Keystone XL Pipeline (The New York Times 4/19)
Obama administration delays Keystone XL pipeline decision (The Los Angeles Times 4/19)
Keystone XL delay frustrates Alberta premier, TransCanada CEO (CBC 4/18)
U.S. to delay Keystone XL decision (CBC 4/18)

Some Opinions:
Editorial: No friends to oil and gas: More proof that production isn’t a priority for Obama administration (The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 4/20)
Cowboys and Indians Against Keystone (Politico Magazine April 2014)

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Regina Brave: Oglala Sioux Tribe cites treaties in Keystone fight (04/11)
Leader of Lower Brule Sioux Tribe addresses Keystone XL letter (04/11)
Native Sun News: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe linked to Keystone XL (4/10)
Native Sun News: Rosebud Sioux Tribe vows to stop Keystone XL (04/04)
Lower Brule Sioux Tribe questioned over stance on Keystone XL (4/3)
Blog: Tribes pressure Obama to reject controversial Keystone XL (04/01)
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Tribe sets up camp to protest Keystone XL (03/31)
Opinion: Cowboys and Indians unite in fight over Keystone XL (03/19)
Native Sun News: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe linked to Keystone (03/18)

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