Published: Jan 18, 2012 8:41 PM EST
Updated: Jan 18, 2012 8:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Obama administration official says the White House will reject a Canadian company's plan to build an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not been announced, says a February deadline set by Congress doesn't allow for a proper review of the $7 billion project.
The Feb. 21 deadline was set by a GOP-written provision as part of a tax bill that Obama signed into law just before Christmas. Obama had until that date to decide whether the pipeline was in the national interest.
The 1,700-mile pipeline would carry oil from tar sands in western Canada to refineries in Texas. It would pass through Montana, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)