Heitkamp, Hoeven criticize pipeline decision delay

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 20, 2014 at 4:12 pm •  Published: April 20, 2014
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WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Members of North Dakota's congressional delegation are criticizing the Obama administration for putting off its decision on the contentious Keystone XL pipeline.

The Williston Herald (http://bit.ly/1fd239a ) reports that Democrats and Republicans alike are calling on President Barack Obama to make a decision on the project.

The pipeline would travel through Montana and South Dakota to a hub in Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry oil to refineries in Texas.

Obama must approve the project, but his administration last week announced it is extending indefinitely the amount of time federal agencies have to review the project.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says the delay will hurt federal agencies, and construction and energy industries.

Sen. John Hoeven says Obama is playing a political game on an issue that's widely supported.