Monday, February 24, 2014
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said that President Obama informed governors Monday that he would make a final decision on whether to approve the Keystone XL pipeline “in a couple of months.”
Fallin, a Republican, told reporters that she asked the president in a meeting at the White House about his timeline for making a final call on the controversial pipeline that would bring oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
The Oklahoma leader said Obama replied that “one way or another, in a couple of months.”
The State Department is now reviewing the project, but a judge last week ruled that a Nebraska law allowing the pipeline to be built in the state was unconstitutional.
Environmentalists are also pressuring the president to block Keystone, but a recent State Department report found that construction of the pipeline would not lead to a significant increase in carbon emissions.
The chief executives, including a handful of possible 2016 presidential candidates, were at the White House for a meeting of the National Governors Association.
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