Obama’s pipeline timetable

A couple of months.

That’s now the apparent timetable for President Barack Obama to decide the future of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that would run from Canada to refineries in the southern United States.

That’s apparently as specific as the president would be at a gathering of about 40 governors Monday in Washington, D.C. Obama didn’t offer any more details, but told Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin that he would decide on the pipeline “in the next couple of months,” according to the governor.

Then again, it’s as specific as the president has been for quite some time regarding the disputed 1,100-mile pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands region to U.S. refineries. Opponents argue that the pipeline would carry “dirty oil” from the tar sands region, and would exaserbate climate change. They also worry about devastating effects of potential spills. Supporters of the project, which wouldn’t run through North Dakota but would transport some oil from the state’s Bakken region, argue that the pipeline would create thousands of jobs during construction and help make North America less reliant on other sources of petroleum products.

During “the next couple of months.” we’ll be waiting for Obama’s announcement.