Gov. Fallin asks president to use executive order to approve Keystone Pipeline


WASHINGTON – A decision on an international oil pipeline may be announced sooner than expected.

The Keystone XL Pipeline would transport tar sands oil from western Canada through the United States, including Oklahoma, to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Opponents worry about oil spills and other environmental impacts.

A state department report last month claimed the project would not have a significant impact on the environment.

Gov. Mary Fallin, a staunch supporter of the project, spoke with the president about whether he is close to making a decision on the pipeline.

She said, “I did ask the president when we could anticipate a decision on the Keystone Pipeline and asked him to 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.”