OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- The Republican-led Congress appears ready to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, but no matter what actions are taken in Washington, the entire project could be delayed until Nebraska signs off on the route.
The routing process remains before the Nebraska Supreme Court, which has given no indication when it will render a decision.
Pipeline opposition leader Jane Kleeb says even if the high court rules in favor of the pipeline, opponents are already working on a federal lawsuit on behalf of Native American tribes to challenge the route's possible disruption of Indian artifacts.
Pipeline builder TransCanada says it's already facing billions of dollars in extra costs as the project lags. The company is just as determined to see the 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometer) pipeline built through Nebraska.