Keystone decision punted to next year

The Nebraska Supreme Court did not issue a ruling on a section of the Keystone XL oil pipeline’s fate on Friday, putting off any decision until next year.

State officials are challenging a lower court’s ruling that struck down a 2012 law allowing Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman (R) to green-light Keystone’s route.

The high court is breaking for the holidays next week, which means a ruling will have to wait until 2015.

While observers expect a ruling to come sooner rather than later, they could be waiting until summer.  

Until the court makes a decision, the federal review of the $8 billion project is likely to remain in limbo at the State Department.

The administration decided to freeze its interagency review of the Canada-to-Texas pipeline in April, citing the Nebraska case.