The State Department said Tuesday that even though TransCanada has asked the Obama administration to "pause" its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, State is continuing its review at this point.

"TransCanada has not withdrawn their permit application," said State Department spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau.

"In their letter to Secretary [John] Kerry, they requested a pause in the review process," she told reporters. "We have received their letter to Secretary Kerry, we're in the process of sending a response."

"Our review process is ongoing, so at this stage, we've received the letter, we will issue a response, but we're going to our review process," she added.

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