President Obama will reject the Keystone XL pipeline, according the reports from the Wall Street Journal.
Just days after TransCanada asked the Obama administration to suspend its yearslong review of the project the project will now be halted.
Art Tanderup of Neligh, one of the key Pipeline Fighters, said he was elated by the news this morning, although it did come earlier than he expected.
"We're absolutely elated that this has happened," Tanderup said. "We figured it would happen, just a matter of time. We thought it might be closer to the Paris Climate talks, but maybe it happened after TransCanada's latest shenanigans about the cause and so forth and the president just said, 'It's time. Let's just reject it.' "
With the United Nations summit meeting on climate change in Paris in December, most environmental experts predicted the announcement from Obama would come during those talks. Tanderup said having the announcement now sends an even stronger message.
"I felt very good that this was going to happen before the end of his administration. I just didn't know when," Tanderup said. "We're glad it happened because now his administration can go into those talks (Paris) and say, 'We made a strong statement here, and we need to move away from fossil fuels and into developing more clean energies, leave the tar sands in the ground and try to turn this climate issue around so we are doing positive things rather than negative things.' "
No official statement has been released from TransCanada.