Fifty-seven percent of respondents in a Gallup survey believe that the U.S. government should approve TransCanada's Keystone XL pipeline. The results came as President Barack Obama announced that he would expedite permitting procedures for the project's southern leg, which would run from Cushing, Okla., to refineries on the Gulf Coast. "We are encouraged to see the president speed up approval of the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline," said Marty Durbin, the American Petroleum Institute's executive vice president of government affairs.

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