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Obama to make Keystone decision in next couple months

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By Jim Acosta and Kevin Liptak

President Barack Obama will decide whether to go forward with the Keystone XL pipeline in the next couple months, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said on Monday.

"I did ask the President when we could anticipate a decision on the Keystone pipeline. I asked him if he could use his executive order power to do that, but finally he did come back and say that he anticipates an answer one way or the other in a couple of months," Fallin told reporters at a news conference after a meeting between governors and the President at the White House.

The proposed TransCanada pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast would run through Oklahoma.

Fallin, a Republican, supports approval and indicated that's why she brought the issue up at the meeting.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, said Obama told the governors that "some people will be happy, some people will be sad" on the Keystone decision, but didn't tip his hand either way.

The Obama administration's pending decision on Keystone comes after a State Department environmental report indicated that the project won't have a big impact on carbon emissions that cause climate change.

Many Republicans and pipeline supporters said the report, released last month, means Obama should approve Keystone while environmentalists decried the findings.

Supporters say the Keystone project would help further reduce U.S. dependence on Mideast oil, and create jobs. Environmentalists contend it could lead to more spills.

The project also faces legal challenges.

Governors were in Washington over the weekend for the National Governors Association winter meeting.

 

CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.

 

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