Updated 3:33 p.m. ET, 2/24/2014
(CNN) – President Barack Obama will decide whether to go forward with the Keystone XL pipeline in the next couple months, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said on Monday.
"I did ask the President when we could anticipate a decision on the Keystone pipeline. I asked him if he could use his executive order power to do that, but finally he did come back and say that he anticipates an answer one way or the other in a couple of months," Fallin told reporters at a news conference after a meeting between governors and the President at the White House.
The proposed TransCanada pipeline that would transport oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast would run through Oklahoma.
Fallin, a Republican, supports approval and indicated that’s why she brought the issue up at the meeting.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, said Obama told the governors that "some people will be happy, some people will be sad" on the Keystone decision, but didn't tip his hand either way.
The Obama administration's pending decision on Keystone comes after a State Department environmental report indicated that the project won't have a big impact on carbon emissions that cause climate change.
White House spokesman Jay Carney would not comment on the President's timeline for making a decision, referring questions to the State Department.
"I don't have any insight into that decision or its effect," Carney told reporters when asked about Fallin's comments.
Many Republicans and pipeline supporters said the report, released last month, means Obama should approve Keystone while environmentalists decried the findings.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also said he also asked Obama about the pipeline at the White House meeting but was skeptical that he would take action on the issue.
"In the State of the Union, the President talked about using his pen and also he said in subsequent speeches he talked about using his phone to take executive actions and to bypass Congress," he told reporters after the meeting.
"And certainly I made a few suggestions today, and I've got additional suggestions on how he could do that if he were serious about growing the economy. The Keystone pipeline is certainly one."
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was more confident Obama would approve the pipeline.
"Just write it down. He's going to approve it," Perry said at a news conference with Republican governors. "There is no defending not opening the XL pipeline. …The President is going to do this. I don't know why he's going to wait two or three months."
Supporters say the Keystone project would help further reduce U.S. dependence on Mideast oil, and create jobs. Environmentalists contend it could lead to more spills.
The project also faces legal challenges.
Governors were in Washington over the weekend for the National Governors Association winter meeting.
CNN's Dana Davidsen contributed to this report.