President Barack Obama will soon review the impacts of the two controversial pipelines on communities in his final weeks in office, his administration announced Wednesday.
Obama is expected to deliver a final report to Congress by late March or early April on how the Keystone XL pipeline and the Dakota Access Pipeline, which are two other energy projects that are currently being built by opponents, will impact communities in the country’s most oil-rich state.
The report will focus on “whether the two projects could significantly reduce or eliminate the amount of carbon pollution that occurs at oil and gas facilities,” according to a White House statement.
The two pipelines would carry more than 570,000 barrels of oil a day to refineries on the West Coast.
Keystone XL would carry nearly 2.5 million barrels a day, while Dakota Access would carry roughly 1.5 billion barrels.
Obama has faced intense criticism for his decision to approve the Keystone pipeline last year, despite concerns about the pipeline’s impact on climate change.
It was the second time Obama has signed an executive order authorizing construction of the Keystone project.
The State Department also will provide the Obama administration with recommendations on how to address the impacts the two pipelines will have on the environment.
Obama will also review the climate impact of the Dakota access pipeline in a final environmental impact statement, which will include a detailed assessment of the pipeline and how it would impact local communities, according to the White House.
The administration will also make recommendations to Congress on the economic impact of both pipelines.