Stacks of pipe are stored at the pipe yard for the Houston Lateral Project, a component of the Keystone pipeline system in Houston, Texas March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY)RICK WILKING / Reuters
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Federal agencies will get more time to review the controversial Keystone pipeline before a decision is made, the State Department announced Friday.
The move could mean that one of President Barack Obama’s most contentious environmental decisions will not come until after the midterm elections in November.
The State Department said a Nebraska judge created uncertainty about the project, which would transport crude oil from Canada to the United States, after ruling to overturn a state law that permitted the pipeline to run through the state.
The administration did not say how long the review period has been extended for.
“For no reason other than the president's refusal to stand up to the extreme left, good-paying jobs and North American energy remain out of reach,” Boehner said in a statement. “This job-creating project has cleared every environmental hurdle and overwhelmingly passed the test of public opinion, yet it's been blocked for more than 2,000 days.”