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Final Keystone pipeline decision still months away

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 WASHINGTON (AP) -- Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's approval of a revised route
for the Keystone XL oil pipeline puts the long-delayed project back in the hands
 of the federal government.
   But don't look for a quick decision on the $7 billion project, which would
carry oil from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast if allowed to move forward.
   State Department officials said they do not expect to complete a review of the
project before the end of March.
   The 1,700-mile pipeline, which Calgary-based TransCanada first proposed in
late 2008, has been thwarted since environmental groups and others raised concerns
 about a possible route through environmentally sensitive land in Nebraska.
   Heineman says he believes that any spills along the new route would be
localized and that cleanup responsibilities would fall to TransCanada.
   AP-WF-01-23-13 0815GMT

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