President Barack Obama and Congress are starting the new year off locked in a tussle over the proposed 1,700-mile oil pipeline that would stretch from Canada to Texas, The Associated Press reported.
According to the news outlet, the White House will be forced to make a risky choice between supporting the environmental advocates who are against the pipeline and the labor unions who favor the Keystone project due to its potential to create thousands of jobs.
The AP reported that Obama was able to dodge the issue in November, as the “Keystone conundrum” decision was delayed by the State Department, which said it would wait until after the 2012 election and extra research was done on the project.
Leadership from the TransCanada company noted that they would do whatever it takes to get approval for the project.
“We’ve had more than enough surprises on this,” TransCanada spokesman Shawn Howard told the news outlet.
The Hill reported that the State Department has said the Obama Administration will have no choice but to reject the project due to the expedited timeline that has been pushed by Republicans, as the agency noted this would not leave enough time for review.