After seven years of deliberation, the Obama administration rejected the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday.

The proposed 1,179-mile pipeline would have carried 800,000 barrels a day of carbon-heavy petroleum from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast.

Watch Obama’s statement here:

On Monday, TransCanada, the company behind the pipeline, announced that it had sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking the State Department to suspend its review of the project pending more input from authorities in Nebraska.

Kerry reportedly recommended the U.S. reject the project, CNN reports.

–Posted by Roisin Davis

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