The Keystone XL pipeline was rejected by the Obama administration Friday.

TransCanada, the company looking to build the pipeline, applied for a presidential permit on the pipeline more than seven years ago. It had been widely believed that the Obama administration was going to reject the pipeline before the United Nations talks on climate change in Paris, which start Nov. 30.

TransCanada said Monday it asked the State Department to delay making a decision on its permit to build the 1,187-mile Keystone XL pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta, Canada, to the Gulf Coast refineries until the Nebraska Public Service Commission makes a decision on the proposed route.

The request was widely seen as an attempt to try and push the decision to the next administration, but the State Department didn't bite. A spokesman for the department said earlier this week the request would not change the decision-making process.

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