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Senators React To Keystone Delay

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The Obama administration has extended the comment period on the Keystone Pipeline project, and delayed a final decision.

The U.S. State Department finished their final environmental impact study on the project and created a comment period.

The original comment period on the project would have ended in May, but the state department announced that they need more time to review the two and a half million public comments that were submitted.

"Disappointment, but not surprised. We've been working, I've been working on Keystone for six years. Years and the President clearly has a strategy where he is going to try and defeat it by having continuous delays, and that's what we're seeing today," says Sen. John Hoeven.

"It's absolutely ridiculous that this process has been well over five year long and is continuing for an undetermined amount of time. This most recent delay leaves everyone waiting in limbo, federal agencies, construction, energy workers, companies, state officials and Canada. Because of this latest delay tactic by the administration, I'll continue to seriously consider other available options for approval," says Sen. Heidi Heitkamp.

The department also says an ongoing lawsuit in Nebraska could affect the pipelines route. If there are any changes made to the route, the state department can conduct another environmental impact study.

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