White House says Obama to rule on Keystone pipeline before leaving office

Mon Nov 2, 2015 1:16pm EST
 
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ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE Nov 2 (Reuters) - The White House on Monday said it continues to expect that President Barack Obama will make a decision on whether to grant a permit to TransCanada Corp for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline before he leaves office in January 2017.

"Our expectation at this point is that the president will make a decision before the end of his administration on the Keystone pipeline, but when exactly that will be, I don't know at this point," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling on Air Force One.

Asked whether the decision could come this year, Earnest said: "It's possible - it's also possible it could happen next year." (Reporting by Jeff Mason; writing by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)