Obama Administration Pushes Back Keystone Decision

By: Lisa Desjardins (CNN)--
By: Lisa Desjardins (CNN)--

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Obama administration is extending the comment period on the State Department's Keystone XL pipeline report, a move that could delay a final decision on the project indefinitely, according to the office of Rep. Lee Terry, Republican of Nebraska.

Terry has been a strong supporter of the project.

The report found that the pipeline would not have a significant environmental impact. It was due to be finalized after a 90-day comment period ended in early May.

Now, Terry's office says, the Obama administration has notified stakeholders on Capitol Hill that the comment period will be extended indefinitely.

The Nebraska congressman blasted the delay.

"Today, (President Obama) punted a tough decision in the name of political expediency," Terry said in a statement.

"It's shameful that as we begin spring construction season that hundreds of my constituents will be denied an opportunity to go to work on a project that will help secure America's energy future solely because the President wants to placate his political base in an election year."


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