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The United States on Friday indefinitely extended the review process for a controversial Canada-to-US oil pipeline, potentially delaying a final decision on the project until beyond mid-term elections in November. The US State Department said eight federal agencies -- who had been given until the end of May to submit views on the matter -- would now have a longer window to weigh in on the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline. Analysts say President Barack Obama, who has the final say on the pipeline, is caught in a classic no-win dilemma -- facing the prospect of losing votes in critical November 4 mid-term elections whatever he decides. The State Department said Friday that an ongoing legal wrangle in Nebraska, where a judge ruled in February that the proposed route of the 1,179-mile (1,900-kilometer) pipeline was unconstitutional, was partly responsible for the delay.