The U.S. Department of State is today expected to reject Trans Canada's bid to proceed with the Keystone XL oil pipeline, a proposed 2,000-mile project that would carry oil from Alberta, Canada to refineries along the Gulf coast. In November, the Obama administration pushed a ruling to early 2013 in an effort to diffuse any political fallout until after the presidential elections. Congress later demanded that a decision be made within 60 days, prompting today's anticipated ruling. The State department will consider alternative routes for the pipeline that avoid environmentally sensitive areas in Nebraska.
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