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SD Keystone XL review goes on despite president's rejection

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) -- South Dakota's review of the portion of the Keystone XL pipeline that would run through the state will continue despite the Obama administration's rejection of a Canadian energy firm's application to construct the project.
   
State Public Utilities Commission Chairman Chris Nelson said Friday that the panel's deliberations about TransCanada Corp.'s project are a separate process under state law.
   
President Barack Obama says he's rejecting the pipeline because he does not believe it serves the national interest.
   
State and federal Republican politicians in South Dakota criticized the move. Gov. Dennis Daugaard says rejecting the pipeline eliminates an opportunity for America to be more reliant on friendly oil producers.
   
South Dakota's commissioners held Keystone-related hearings throughout the summer. Nelson says he anticipates the commission will rule before the end of the year.

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