The president's decision to delay this project is disappointing.

There is really no technical reason or concern associated with the project that we cannot address. Solving technical problems is what good engineers do every day. We design and help to build infrastructure in a way that protects human health, safety and the environment. The president needs to work with Congress and allow this common-sense project to move forward. 

Ralph Christie Jr. is CEO of Merrick & Co. and chairman of the Environment and Energy Committee of the American Council of Engineering Cos. He can be reached at