WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Obama administration has submitted its decision to continue the review process of the Keystone XL Pipeline to Canadian energy giant TransCanada, US Department of State spokesperson John Kirby said.
"We have communicated our decision to continue our review and we've communicated that to TransCanada in writing today," Kirby stated during a press briefing on Wednesday.
The State Department’s decision comes after TransCanada announced earlier in the week it would pause its request to the Obama administration to approve the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
The US presidential election is scheduled for November 2016 and a new president is expected to assume office in January 2017.
In February, Obama vetoed the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. The pipeline was expected to bring about 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to US refineries.