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Thune slams Obama on new Keystone delay

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The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Tr
The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. REUTERS/Tr

Undated (KELO-AM) South Dakota Senator John Thune (R) is blasting President Obama for extending the comment period on the Keystone Pipeline. The new delay could mean that Obama won't make a final decision until after the November mid-term elections.

Senator Thune says the President is pandering to his extreme environmental donor base. He says the Administration used the Easter weekend to quietly announce yet another Keystone delay, despite five successful environmental reviews.

Thune says the President's own State Department has concluded that the Keystone pipeline will support more than 40,000 jobs.

Part of the pipeline would cross Western South Dakota. Critics include South Dakota's native american tribes, concerned about tribal land rights and water quality.

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