President Barack Obama says what's best for the American people and the economy will guide his administration's decision on whether a Canadian company can go ahead with a transnational oil pipeline to Texas.
The proposed pipeline has prompted protests across the country. Demonstrators have also been arrested in front of the White House.
Obama said Tuesday that among the factors to be evaluated is whether the pipeline would threaten drinking water supplies in places where it would be located. He said a decision will be based on what's best for the economy and the American people, including their health. The State Department is in leading the review because the pipeline crosses an international border.
Obama commented in interviews with local TV stations from Omaha, Neb., and Houston.