Seventy percent of Americans are in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline, according to survey numbers released Tuesday by the American Petroleum Institute.
The telephone survey of 1,000 registered voters across the country was conducted last week by Harris Interactive.
“Support for Keystone XL is strong across all political identifications,” said Cindy Schild, API's senior refining manager. “Eighty-three percent of Republican voters support Keystone XL construction, followed closely by 69 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats.”
Keystone XL, which would bring diluted bitumen from Canada's oil sands across the U.S. to refineries along the Gulf Coast, is awaiting a presidential permit because it crosses a national border.
Developer TransCanada is building the southern leg of the project, dubbed the Gulf Coast Project, between the storage hub at Cushing and the Houston area.
It is expected to be in service by the end of the year.
Environmental groups oppose the project, citing its potential impact on the changing climate and the risk of hazardous spills if the pipeline leaks.