WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama told a gathering of U.S. governors he will make a decision on a controversial oil pipeline "in a couple of months," an attendee said.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said she and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal broached the subject of the Keystone XL pipeline with Obama during a closed-door question-and-answer session.
Republicans have lobbied Obama to approve the pipeline, which would stretch south from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico, carrying crude oil extracted from the tar sands in Alberta. Republicans argue the pipeline will create thousands of construction jobs. Environmentalists and some Democrats say the risk of a catastrophic oil spill is too great and constructing the Keystone XL line will only encourage more fossil fuel use.
Fallin told The Hill she's eager to get a response from the president on the issue.
"He anticipates an answer one way or another in a couple of months," Fallin said.
The White House declined comment on the issue.