One source, who spoke to USA TODAY on the condition of anonymity because the administration was not ready to make a public announcement, said that “it’s going to happen, and it is going to happen very soon.” A second source said administration officials are preparing to make the announcement as early as today. Reuters News Service, the Washington Post and New York Times first reported that the announcement could happen as early as Thursday.Essentially, what Obama is doing here is kicking the ball down the road in a way that doesn't entirely alienate environmentalists, and hopefully improves his chances of carrying Nebraska, possibly Montana:
“They’ll be punting the decision to explore rerouting,” said a Congressional source, who was not authorized to comment on the State Department’s impending announcement. “They believe the rerouting exploration should be completed by the first quarter of 2013.”
Some Republicans from Nebraska, one of six states the pipeline would cut through, have expressed reservations. Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman, Sen. Mike Johanns and Rep. Jeff Fortenberry want the pipeline to be moved, saying a leak could contaminate the Ogallala aquifer.
hat tip -- notafaux