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Mike Rounds

SD Keystone XL review goes on despite president's rejection

President Barack Obama's decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline Friday drew a rebuke from South Dakota's congressional delegation but celebration from an environmental group that has fought the project's path through the state.

The state Public Utilities Commission's review of the portion of the pipeline that would run through South Dakota will continue despite the Obama administration's rejection of TransCanada Corp.'s application to construct the project.

After Obama said he didn't think the project was in the national interest, Republican politicians in South Dakota were quick to criticize him.

"This president clearly worships at the altar of climate...