President Barack Obama pledged a `rigorous review' of a proposal for an oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada following a meeting Wednesday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The pipeline is expected to cut through Nebraska.
The Obama administration's move to delay a decision on whether to proceed with the pipeline was poorly received in Canada, which views the project as critical to its economy. A delay was pushed by grassroots efforts in Nebraska to change the route. The original route would have had the pipeline built over the Ogallala Aquifer.
Labor groups in the U.S., as well as Republican lawmakers, also see the pipeline as an opportunity to create much-needed jobs in the U.S.
The White House has denied that politics caused the project's delay, saying further review is needed in order to balance job creation and energy security with public health and the safety of communities along the pipeline.
During a joint appearance with Harper, Obama said it's important that all the issues "are properly understood."