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Obama said to be near decision on Keystone XL Pipeline permit





President Barack Obama will make a decision on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline in the next couple of months, according to state governors who attended a meeting at the White House today.

There is no specific timeline for Obama to act but he's waiting on a national security assessment from the State Department. Also, the comment period on environmental impact statement for the pipeline ends March 7.

A broad coalition of tribes, landowners, ranchers and environmental groups oppose the pipeline. They have raised concerns about sacred sites, treaty lands and water sources along the route, which would run through eight states, including Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

Get the Story:
Obama says Keystone decision couple of months away (USA Today 2/24)
TransCanada says Keystone route still valid (AP 2/24)

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