Expect nothing new on Keystone pipeline, Harper told

Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks to the media, in the foyer of the House of Commons on...

Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks to the media, in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, August 22, 201. (JOHN MAJOR/QMI AGENCY)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 1:14 PM ET

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will likely hear nothing new on the Keystone XL pipeline from U.S. President Barack Obama when the two leaders meet next week during the North American Leaders' Summit in Mexico, a White House official said Friday.

The official said during a media briefing that there is little chance Obama will tell Harper anything that the president hasn't already told reporters.

"I don't think that we will be introducing any new element or timeline to the decision," the official said. "Frankly, the message that (Obama) will be delivering is quite similar to the one you've heard from us publicly."

The message?

Be patient.

The $7 billion Keystone pipeline would carry crude from Alberta, Montana and North Dakota to the Texas Gulf Coast. The project is undergoing a 90-day review that was triggered at the end of January when the U.S. State Department gave the project a favourable environmental assessment.

 


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