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Keystone XL pipeline decision may wait till after election

State Dept. cites Neb. court ruling; critics decry delay

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is putting off its decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, probably until after the November elections, by extending its review of the controversial project indefinitely.

In a surprise announcement Friday as Washington was winding down for Easter, the State Department said federal agencies will have more time to weigh in on the politically fraught decision — but declined to say how much longer. Officials said the decision will have to wait for the dust to settle in Nebraska, where a judge in February overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline’s path through the state.

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