The State Department will reassess the route of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, delaying a final decision about the project until at least early 2013. The announcement is a major victory for environmentalists and comes in the wake of a two-month activist campaign waged in part over concerns that the line would harm sensitive ecological areas in Nebraska. On Thursday afternoon, President Obama released a statement agreeing with the delay: “Because this permit decision could affect the health and safety of the American people as well as the environment, and because a number of concerns have been raised through a public process, we should take the time to ensure that all questions are properly addressed," he said. Russ Girling, the head of pipeline operator TransCanada, has said that further delays could severely hamper or kill the project.
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